There once was a shepherd who, when his son was old enough, decided to teach him about the family business. Each day, the shepherd and his son led their flock into forest, where the herd could graze and meander about peacefully.

      After the shepherd boy had been helping to watch the sheep for some time, his father thought that his son would be able to look over the flock by himself. Little did the father know, the mischievous boy had a very short attention span, and very quickly grew bored watching over his sheep. To amuse himself, the shepherd boy took a great breath and sang out, 'Wolf! Wolf! A big, bad Wolf is chasing the sheep!'

      Without a second thought, the other villagers came running through the woods to help the boy drive the wolf away. But when they arrived huffing and puffing through the trees, there was no wolf to be found. Laughing and laughing, the boy mocked the sight of their angry faces.

      'You should never cry wolf, shepherd boy,' said the villagers, 'if there is no wolf!' Groaning and grumbling, they walked back through the woods the way they came.

      Later, a call echoed from the forest once again, 'Wolf! Wolf! The wolf is chasing the sheep!' Much to his delight, the shepherd boy watched as the villagers broke through the trees to help drive the wolf away.

      When the villagers saw no wolf they crossed their arms, angrily saying, 'Save your scared song for when there is really something wrong! Don't cry wolf when there is NO wolf!'

      But when the villagers turned back again to go back home, the boy simply broke out grinning as he watched them stomp away through the trees.

      The villagers were once again hard at work tilling the fields when suddenly they heard shouts coming from the forest. Alarmed, they leaped to their feet, now able to make out, 'Wolf! Wolf!', ringing through the trees.

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