The Curious Sheep

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Once upon a time there was a curious sheep that came from a troubled past but lived safely with a few other sheep within a small enclosed pasture up in the hills. From time to time he and the other sheep would notice in the far distance a neighborhood wolf that was known to be very sneaky, so they were always reminded by the shepherd to stay behind the fence and to keep their distance. As the sheep would graze throughout the day the curious sheep would stare out towards the direction of the wolf and make cheeky comments to the other sheep on how pathetic the wolf’s lonely life must be and that he was much too smart for him to fall for any of his bag of tricks. But then one day as irony would have it the wolf disguised himself as a shepherd and headed down to the fence that separated them. After spending the day trying to get the sheep’s attention he eventually caught the curiosity of the curious sheep when he offered him a golden opportunity, “Come with me and I’ll show you the largest field of grass that you’ve ever seen and all of it will be yours to graze on.” The curious sheep intrigued at the lavish offer thought about it for a brief moment and against the other sheep’s warnings hopped the fence and made way with the neighborhood wolf, I mean shepherd. Upon arrival and just as promised he saw the largest field of grass that he had ever seen and it was all for him…but he also noticed something else…a strange bright patch of mushrooms on the northern side. “What are those?” said the sheep to the disguised wolf. “Those are magic mushrooms and when eaten they will make you forget any pain or fear that you may have ever felt.” Intrigued once again and wishing to start a new life and forget his troubled past the curious sheep asked the wolf if he could eat just one. “Of course” said the wolf, “I thought you’d never ask.” The sheep then slowly ate the magic mushroom and shortly thereafter fell into a deep dark trance. Within seconds of realizing the sheep’s sunken and limp state the wolf pounced on him and began eating at the sheep with great ease and the poor sheep unaware of any ‘pain or fear’ lost his life to the sneaky neighborhood wolf just like many have before.

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