Once upon a time, there was a young shepherd boy who tended his sheep at the foot of a mountain near a dark forest. He was bored and lonely, and he often wished he had someone to talk to. He thought of the people in the nearby village, who were busy with their work and their families. He wished he could be like them.
One day, he had an idea. He decided to play a trick on the villagers and have some fun. He ran toward the village, shouting, “Wolf! Wolf! The wolf is chasing the sheep!”
The villagers heard his cries and ran out of their homes. They grabbed their weapons and followed the boy to the pasture. But when they got there, they saw no wolf. The boy was laughing at them.
“You lied to us!” they said. “There is no wolf here!”
“Don’t be angry,” the boy said. “I was only playing a joke. It was so funny to see you running like that.”
The villagers were very angry. They scolded the boy and told him not to lie again. They went back to their homes, feeling foolish.
The boy was not sorry for what he had done. He thought it was a great joke. He waited a few days, and then he did it again. He ran to the village, crying, “Wolf! Wolf! The wolf is attacking the sheep!”
The villagers heard him again and ran to help him. But when they arrived, they found no wolf. The boy was laughing even harder than before.
“You lied to us again!” they said. “How dare you fool us twice!”
“Please forgive me,” the boy said. “I was only having fun. You are so easy to trick.”
The villagers were furious. They warned the boy that if he lied one more time, they would not believe him or help him ever again. They left him alone with his sheep, feeling angry and betrayed.
The boy did not care. He thought he was very clever and funny. He enjoyed his trick so much that he decided to do it one more time. He waited for a while, and then he ran to the village, screaming, “Wolf! Wolf! The wolf is killing the sheep!”
The villagers heard his voice, but they did not move. They remembered his lies and ignored him.
“He is lying again,” they said. “He is trying to fool us for the third time. We will not fall for his trick.”
They stayed in their homes and did not help the boy.
But this time, the boy was not lying. There really was a wolf in the pasture. The wolf had heard the boy’s cries and decided to take advantage of his situation. He sneaked into the flock and attacked the sheep.
The boy saw the wolf and was terrified. He ran to the village, begging for help.
“Wolf! Wolf! Please help me! The wolf is killing the sheep!”
But no one listened to him. No one came to his aid. They thought he was lying as usual.
The boy ran back to the pasture, hoping to save his sheep. But it was too late. The wolf had killed most of them and was eating them. The boy tried to scare the wolf away, but the wolf was not afraid of him. He growled and snapped at the boy, who ran away in fear.
The boy lost his sheep and his trust. He realized his mistake and regretted his lies. He wished he had been honest and faithful. He learned a hard lesson that day:
Moral: Nobody believes a liar, even when he tells the truth.