The Cruel Trick

Photo by: Al Forbes

Dana the Park Ranger said, “It’s okay. Rhianna is very tame. You can even pet her if you want.” She stepped back. “I’ll be right over here.”

Norman looked at the massive Rhino on the other side of the fence. Steeling himself, he walked toward her slowly with his hand outstretched. “Hi Rhianna, you beauty,” he cooed.

The powerful beast raised her head and said, “Really? You think I’m beautiful?”

Norman froze in place. He looked around. Dana appeared out of earshot. “Uh, what?”

“You said I’m beautiful.”

“Well, uh, yeah. In a Rhinocerosey way.”

Rhianna sighed. “I know. You don’t have to lie. I’m huge and fat and ugly.”

“No! I didn’t say…”

“I wasn’t always like this. Before that damned witch and her spell…well, I was beautiful. They were grooming me to be a lingerie model.”

“Yeah right, a spell. That old line.” Norman suddenly shook his head. “Wait! A talking Rhino?”

“Isn’t that proof of a spell?” urged Rhianna. “Who’s ever heard of a talking Rhino?”

“I suppose you’re right,” said Norman, tapping his lip in thought. “But aren’t you supposed to be a frog?”

Rhianna snorted. “That’s so old school. This witch really hated me. Her cruel trick is punishment for my beauty and…I’m embarrassed to say.”


“I’m a nymphomaniac. I can’t help it. All I think of all day is sex. That’s why the witch made me a Rhino. My punishment because I was horny all the time.”

Norman smirked.

“It’s not funny!”

“Oh! Sorry, sorry. I mean, that’s awful what she did.”

Rhianna rolled her massive head side-to-side. “Oh! It’s alright. Look, I can see you’re a kind man, and very sexy I might add. This spell could be broken the traditional way.”

“You mean…?”

“Yes. Kiss me. Kiss me and I’ll be yours forever!”

“Sounds too good to be true. I mean…”

“I’ll be the same beautiful girl I was, but better. I wouldn’t shag just anyone ten times a day like before. I’ve learned my lesson. I’ll just want you, only you, all day long.”

Norman’s pulse raced, “I don’t know.”

“C’mon Norman! A talking Rhino, remember? Take a chance. Take a chance on LOVE!” Rhianna raised up her hairy, pebbly, crusty mouth.

Norman closed his eyes and leaned forward.

Behind him, the Park Director finally caught up to Ranger Dana and whispered, “Dana. I see your skills at ventriloquism are improving.”
Happy Valentine’s Day! Written for Sunday Photo Fiction. Look here for this week’s prompt and a blue link to many other stories:

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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21 Responses to The Cruel Trick

  1. Tena Carr says:

    That was a cruel trick. Good one .

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  2. Steve Lakey says:

    Poor Norman – a cruel trick. And a funny story! 🙂

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  3. nonnaci says:

    Ha. Could of been more than a kiss hehe.

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  4. mandibelle16 says:

    Haha hilarious take! Great job!

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  5. Swathi says:

    Last line was amazing!😀

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  6. inkbiotic says:

    Ha ha! Brilliant!

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  7. jannatwrites says:

    Cruel maybe, but thoroughly fun if you’re a spectator 🙂

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  8. Lyn says:

    Only you, my friend, only you 😀

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  9. luckyjc007 says:

    So funny! Poor Norman, he didn’t know if he was coming or going! But, apparently he is the kind that can be convinced fairly easy. Afterall, the benefits of that one kiss could turn out to be enormous for him. He sure made it amusing for Dana. 🙂

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    • EagleAye says:

      Dana knew what she was doing. She’s as good a con artist as ventriloquist. She just provided him with most males’ fantasy and the rest was easy. What’s worse is she was filming the whole thing with her phone. Norman will soon be a star on YouTube! 😀

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  10. Hahah. I was expecting him to turn into a rhino, but I much prefer this one. Love it.

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