Everyone else had gone. The remaining four looked out the window and watched as it crossed the road.

“Stay very quiet,” whispered Roland. “It won’t find us here, providing we remain quiet.”

Maureen started to shake.

They watched silently as the sheep walked to the front of the house.

“Move to the back of the house. We’ll make our escape from there,” ordered Roland.

Upon opening the back door, the last four human survivors knew this was their final day. In the field now in front of them stood one hundred man-eating sheep.

The tide had turned.


The Sheep. A Short Story by Hugh Roberts
Photo Credit: Sue Vincent – The Daily Echo

This was written in response to the “Why Did The Sheep Cross The Road?’ writing prompt set by Sue Vincent at Daily Echo.

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100 thoughts on “Sheep

      1. Yeah, and she took a cute photo, too. Around here, there are mostly runaway chickens and a few dogs (and cats) here and there. There actually is a Corgi down the street, too. He’s a cutie.

        1. Hugh, I’m thinking Max’s a Pembrokeshire, because of the white in his coat. To be honest, I’ve never noticed his tail. I don’t think it’s docked, but a full curly tail. He’s predominately red/orange. He’s a little gruff-seeming, likes to bark and nose around the neighbor’s chickens (so I’ve heard), but a sweet dog. I love dogs!

        2. He sounds charming, Leigh. The Cardigan corgi (like Toby) is a bigger dog than the Pembrokeshire. In the UK, it’s now illegal to dock any dog’s tail, so Pembrokeshire corgis now come with their tails as well. I’m exactly the same and a big fan of dogs. Just by owning one gets can sometimes get you lots of attention when out walking and I’ve got so many great ideas for short stories and posts just from talking to other dog owners. Here in the UK, the corgi is now on the vulnerable breeds lists (only 99 pups born in 2014).

        3. Hugh, you should write a history of corgis. I really had no idea it was as fascinating as it is, including the “fairy” aspect that corgis are special companions, friends/protectors, and mounts to fairies. Very cool!

        4. Well, so says Wikipedia, in or near the last graf. I’m not sure how well they sourced that entry, as I didn’t look at the refs at’all. Do check it out, though. Says the ‘blaze’ on corgis represents the reins that fairies used to use when riding the corgis in the olden, magical days. Awesome, isn’t it?! 🙂

      1. It is so funny because the same happened to me when I was writing my poem for today. During writing the direction spontaneously changed. I love that!

  1. Lol, now here’s a story! Do you know, the funny thing is, you have no idea how close to the truth this could be!! There’s a conspiracy around sheep. Supposedly they aren’t native to Earth, the Annunaki brought them here…. so the saying goes anyway.

  2. Well that was unexpected, Hugh! But I guess us women are ok if they’re only man eating sheep…

    1. You know I almost replaced man-eating with flesh-eating, but then I remembered it was International Women’s Day, Ali. How could I? 😀
      I know you live out in the countryside, so just be very careful when coming into contact with any sheep.

      1. Lol! You are such a lovely man! You get an extra hug on 11th June for that. Fortunately, we are mostly cattle farms around here…

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