The Lyonette by Vincent Michael The wonderful story of the one that helped an entire planet. [3,236 words]
The Monster by Massie Louvack An adult confronts his childhood nightmare. [409 words]
The Sweet Taste Of Candi by Garrett Hart - [4,153 words]
Tequila Nights by Garrett Hart - [2,414 words]
Don't Leave Me In The Dark by Terry Collett - [4,062 words]
Unsuspected 1900 by Terry Collett - [1,049 words]
The Many Aunties Of Jimmy Mcganty by Benjamin Hynds - [1,650 words]
The Girl From Okinawa by Norman Dreiser An American girl finds herself in the middle of World War II when the Americans finally l... [7,699 words]
Grief. by Corina Phayboun Mourning the loss of something. [863 words]
A Song For Sandra by Anonymous Anonymous A Song For Sandra [429 words]
Train Spotting 1962 by Terry Collett - [1,051 words]
The Forgotten Girl by T Flash Thriller/mystery. The strange events of one day can uncover a lot about the past. [391 words]
Celia's Hood 1929 by Terry Collett - [1,040 words]
Yamato - Episode 7 by Nathaniel A Miller Finale of Yamato Serial [68,518 words]
Yamato - Episode 6 by Nathaniel A Miller Episode 6 of 7 [23,028 words]
Odyssey Of Toby Grated by Toby Grated Biography of my favorite memories. [18,879 words]
My Death Scene by Nathaniel A Miller If you could have a death scene in third person, what would it be? A philosophical look at death... [6,325 words]
The Bum And The Angel by Nathaniel A Miller Taken from the prompt: “A homeless man on a park bench is awakened by an angel.” [861 words]
Reason by Rosie Marble A person on the verge of suicide encountered someone unexpected [1,123 words]
The Return Of Johnny Sokko And His Flying Robot by Nathaniel A Miller A fan Fiction piece based on series from 67-68 that aired in Ja... [3,202 words]
Starship Down! by Nathaniel A Miller A story based on a science fiction picture (stock image) where a crew of humans must fight to su... [5,317 words]
Space Battles: Prelude To War by Nathaniel Miller Based on Iron Maiden Cover Hellinski, a lich king of a war machine sends his forc... [2,537 words]
A Stranger In A Strange Land by Nathaniel A Miller A science-fiction/Western of the life of a Bounty Hunter in the future who travels... [5,690 words]
A Passel Of Plumeria by Robert Levin Can an act of violence be a gift? [5,935 words]
Robot Of My Dreams by Nathaniel A Miller A battle on Mars destroys the station, leaving a lone human to fight for her life alone with... [4,852 words]
The Suicide Of Jake Johnson by Nathaniel A Miller Based on prompt Activity: There was only one way out... [1,276 words]
The Nightmare Within The Mirror by Nathaniel A Miller A horror story of a possessed mirror that decimates a christian family leaving ... [1,376 words]
The Assault In The Fog by Nathaniel A Miller - [1,813 words]
Doctor Trek - What A Load Of Crap by Ian Kidd Captain Who sets out on his 25 year mission with the crew of the Starship TAR... [7,936 words]
Doctor Trek - The Tried And Tested Plot Device by Ian Kidd Captain Who becomes possessed by a Star Trek Cliche that has som... [6,911 words]
Doctor Trek - The Green Green Glow Of Death (Parts 1, 2 And 3) by Ian Kidd A mission for the Captains goes badly wrong, lea... [21,869 words]
Doctor Trek - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by Ian Kidd Captain Who, Fred and Frobisher arrive in West Hampshire, a small N... [7,279 words]
Doctor Trek - Parallel Universes by Ian Kidd Captain Who, Mr Wok and Frobisher find themselves plunged into a series of biz... [6,425 words]
Doctor Trek - Happy Endings by Ian Kidd A pissed off expat falls in love with a mystery woman known only as Ms Wok. [6,810 words]
Apples & Oranges by Nathaniel A Miller Based on prompt for writing.com (Give short dialogue between two pieces of fruit) [700 words]
The Shipwreck by Nathaniel A Miller Inspired on a picture: The Caves of Fiji, Daughter of a plantation owner in 1850 goes to Australi... [5,581 words]
The Beach House by Nathaniel A Miller A sinister trip by Vacationers to Florida turns deadly. [2,023 words]
Troubled by C Susann Story A story about a charactars pain and sufferings. [146 words]
The Legend Of North Green Street by Joseph D Smith The District of North Green Street? Yes please! The neighborhood of North Gree... [577 words]
The Book Of The Dead by Derrick Cutter Edgar Allan Poe, still reeling from the death of his beloved Virginia, strikes a deal with... [1,635 words]
Pretty Flamingo by Derrick Cutter A woman with extreme facial scarring removes the faces of beautiful women to wear as her own [3,439 words]
Lester Talbot And His Magic Eye by David Boyer A lonely old man with special powers gives a young boy a special gift for his b... [2,727 words]
It Is Good To Be Home by A M R F A girl and her mother's journey as they face bombing in another country, away from home. [478 words]
Yamato - Episode 5 by Nathaniel A Miller Episode 5 of 7 of a mini series serial like James Clavell's "Shogun" TV Mini Series. [15,270 words]
World Of Egyle by Lucas M Desilva This is the First Story in the W.O.F series by Lucas DeSilva [156 words]
The Wool Mistress by Sigurd I removed this from the site a while back and thought I would put it up again. If I need to t... [1,256 words]
The Plainsfarmers Of Mars by Nathaniel A Miller 2100 AD and Man has stared exploring space and colonizing the planets of SOL, but not... [3,444 words]
The Cloud Kingdom Of Benvosa by Nathaniel A Miller A story of rebellion against a tyrannical King and a forbidden love between a plan... [6,570 words]
One Month Is All It Takes... by Caitlin M McCutcheon A mother is very precious to a child, so taking away a child's mother isn't a good... [977 words]
Olympus Of Yesteryear by Nathaniel A Miller A legend of Olympus, the prelude of the Gods before Olympus and how they traveled the sta... [3,463 words]
Nothing Lasts Forever by Nijee Unique Kaashif nothing lasts forever. it ends and then comes back again. [6 words]
Life Is Hard by Anthony Wilhoit Troubled Russell Billings is truly a Prince of the flies in eastern Kentucky. The son of the mayor... [1,613 words]
Latex Flower by Nathaniel A Miller A race of plants uses human females as hosts in a Death Valley town to repopulate their species an... [6,135 words]
Earthworld (Short Version) by Nathaniel A Miller A forbidden romance between a human and a sub culture race created in a new era of E... [9,878 words]
A Restaurant At The Edge Of The Universe by Nathaniel A Miller Two local factions are warring in an area of the FED Space and to prot... [3,798 words]
The Time Portals Of Pharius Seven by Nathaniel A Miller Based on picture: 3 expeditions seeking out a new discovery of time portals h... [3,756 words]
Codename Alpha One Base by Nathaniel A Miller A prelude front base used for world war three against the Chinese Military. [2,256 words]
The Entity Of Castlebrook Close by Nathaniel A Miller An possession of an Apartment building leads to fifty murders and it takes an e... [4,441 words]
Ashes Of Io-216 by Nathaniel A Miller A story of a disaster in space on a far off colony across the Milky Way Galaxy. [3,510 words]
The Trajectory Of A Life by Christian Marigold A speech give by Manuel Scott in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 10, 2010 to a teach... [1,718 words]
The Multi-Billion Dollar Strike by Joseph D Smith What if a multi-billionaire could cause an entire nation to go on strike by pay... [903 words]
The Gas Mines Of Ben Bosa by Nathaniel A Miller Story based on picture of Short Shots Contest. Non official entry. Classic space stor... [2,193 words]
The Galactic Empire Chronicles - Eps 2 by Nathaniel A Miller A pseudo series based on Game played on BBS in the 90's. Magic Kingdom B... [6,443 words]
The City On The Edge Of Infinity by Nathaniel A Miller A city colony is in chaos in the Earth Federation against the terrorist group ... [4,438 words]
The Carnival by Nathaniel A Miller During WW2 only hours after Pearl Harbor that a Carnival unite town during Jap Sub Attack. Contest... [1,974 words]
The Abduction Of Shuttle 367 by Nathaniel A Miller Inspired on Hubble pic: An Earth Science vessel explores an unknown galaxy, runnin... [4,895 words]
More Than Fishing by Terry Collett - [1,010 words]
Don't Forget To Turn Out The Lights by Sarah Ricard A kindly old proprietor offers potential buyers a key piece of advice about... [5,715 words]
Choosing by Dorothy Getchell Young man faced with choosing life or death [516 words]
Big Girls Do Cry! by Erin Canavan - [634 words]
An Artistic Anthology Of Success, Failure And Everything In Between! by Erin Canavan - [872 words]
A Young Girl's Facebook Phases: A Timeline by Erin Canavan - [556 words]
A Letter For You by Irimina Keri - [291 words]
Go to page:  2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49
Two friends. Two choices. Two outcomes!
|AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (5)
Cursed Island (Short Stories) Some folks are trapped on an island from which they try to escape but fail repeatedly. They need help, but will they recognize the help when it comes? [977 words] [Spiritual]
Man Of Sin (Children) A little girl sees the monster that had always lived in her. [1,075 words] [Spiritual]
The Golden River (Short Stories) an allegory i hope you'll find interesting. [2,667 words] [Spiritual]
The Grey Sheep (Short Stories) A simple sheep and what happens to it in Heaven. [2,088 words]
The Lyonette (Short Stories) The wonderful story of the one that helped an entire planet. [3,236 words]
Once upon a time in a country located somewhere around the middle of the world, a king gave a strange order to his men to go through all of his domains and slay every animal that was not a sheep. All the animals were in great trouble and there was no hope of escape from the country for the country was an island surrounded by waters so violent that no vessel could come to or depart from it.
In that country lived a shepherd who was a kind man. The shepherd had lived there among the people for as long as they could remember and none of them could say how he had come to live in the country or how long he had lived there. This shepherd happened to know of a certain substance which when mixed with a right proportion of clay and boiling spring water would instantly transform any animal that drank it - while still steaming hot - into a sheep.
The news spread through the whole country and many frightened animals went to the shepherd to ask for a drink. The first animal to drink was a bush rat. Other animals gathered round looked on with great interest as the bush rat first sniffed at the wooden bowl containing the steaming liquid, then hesitated and looked around in dread unwilling to be the first not knowing what would really happen to it if it drank the liquid. The sudden terrifying sound of the kings hunting horn in the distance made all the animals jump in fright and also helped the bush rat make up its mind. It took a quick , very tiny sip, opened its eyes wide as with astonishment, and then drank all the content of the wooden bowl. As the animals looked on the bush rats fur began to change its colour and the bush rat began to increase in size. Its torso seemed to expand and its legs grew longer. Suddenly a small sheep stood before the animals looking in suprise about its own body, and studying its hooves. All the animals shouted with joy and all of them that were there took turns in drinking the liquid. All of them that drank were transformed into sheep.
'Why exactly does the king wish to execute us all?' Goat asked the Tortoise as they walked along a path the next day.
'Because,' Tortoise replied, '- i heard - the king is angry that his son was attacked by some wild animals. The king now seems to think that if only sheep were in the country, the country would be a much more safer place.'
'Ah!' said the goat with obvious relief, 'then i really don't have to drink the shepherds solution. You see i am basically good and peaceful and i have never attacked a human - i am really quite afraid of them actually.'
'I don't think that will matter to the king one way or the other,' Tortoise said reflectively. 'The way i see it, once the kings men lay hold of you, you'll find a knife to your throat before you can say "Goose Feather". So if you ask me i say we should head over immediately to the good shepherds home and ask for a drink to save our lives. I heard from the mole late last night that quite a good number of animals drank and were really transformed into sheep right before its eyes.'
But the goat did not fancy the idea of transforming into a sheep. First, it deeply disliked the quite, docile sheep. It despised their helplessness and their reliance on their shepherds for everything. Secondly, the goat could not imagine life without its horns. What would it use to defend itself against other animals?What would it use to challenge other animals to get more of what it wanted? Loosing its horns was not an option, the goat thought. And because transforming into a sheep meant loosing its horns then drinking the shepherds solution was impossible.
'Tortoise,' Goat said, 'I choose to remain as i am. I like myself this way and cannot imagine being a sheep.'
'But what will you do when the kings men catch you?' Tortoise asked with some concern, for though Goat was foolish, vain and stubborn, he was still a friend. Goat thought for a while and then said, 'I heard the king is good. The king will surely not harm me.'
'But he gave a clear order,' Tortoise tried again.
'Well i am not - never - going to become a sheep. Never.' Goat said.
'Okay if you won't drink, can you at least escort me to the Shepherds home so that i may? Its not very far,' Tortoise said, already walking in that direction. Goat reluctantly agreed and they both went.
'Welcome Tortoise! Welcome Goat!' the shepherd called out joyfully to them as they approached the gate to his home. The shepherds home was situated on a hill so that he saw the pair when they were still a long way off and had already ordered his servants to prepare an extra solution for two. 'Please come in.' the shepherd said.
Tortoise and Goat went through the gate and into the compound and saw a few animals on a queue before a large cauldron. The shepherd dipped a wooden bowl into the cauldron and handed it over to the animal next in the queue. A horse was next and they saw it take its bowl, sniff the content, and then throw back its head and drink. In a second the horse transformed into a sheep and a servant led it into the pen.
And then Tortoise and Goat found themselves in front of the cauldron.
'Your turn,' The shepherd said to tortoise kindly handing him a wooden bowl filled with a steaming liquid that smelt like strawberries and honey. Tortoise received the bowl thanking the shepherd. Goat also took his bowl and stared suspiciously at the contents.
Thanking the shepherd again, Tortoise drank his portion and immediately became a sheep. He looked in awe at his body and tried a few happy bleats. Tortoise found that strangely he could do everything a sheep could do but that he still maintained his understanding.
'Are you not going to drink yours?' Tortoise asked Goat. For an answer Goat looked at Tortoise in dissapproval and hurridely poured the contents of his bowl on the ground when the shepherd and his helper looked away for a moment.
What had distracted the shepherd and his servant was a knock on the gate. And then later the clear horn of the king sounded. Tortoise and Goat both turned and fled towards the pen in terror. There they fought their way to the back and cowered in fear. Many other animals (which of course were now sheep, though they didn't fully believe it yet) also fought to get as far behind other sheep as possible.
Then the animals heard voices.
'Where are all the animals?' a loud voice asked. 'We heard that many animals have come to hide here. Don't they know that there is no escape? We must search everywhere according to the kings orders.' It seemed the voice intentionally spoke loud enough for every person or animal in the compound to hear and be afraid. And it succeeded for the struggle to get a place at the back increased.
'If you see any animal besides sheep on my premises, you may do with it what you wish.' they heard the shepherd say.
The animals in the pen heard the noise of the search as the kings men searched everywhere. Through the gaps in the fence they saw them search every building throughly. Then as one they came to the pen.
'Do my eyes deceive me,' a kings man said, 'or is that not a pair of horns i see jutting out between the shoulders of those two speckled sheep at the extreme right there?'
'Those are horns,' another answered ,'as surely as the sun rose this morning.'
Goat bleated in terror when strong hands gripped it firmly and lifted it from where it lay squeezed between two sheep. It struggled and tried to fight free but it was impossible. Then it shouted desperately to the men that it was a good goat, that it had never hurt anybody, that it was an injustice if it were killed. The kings men only laughed and one of them said,
'Listen goat. We do not care really if you have been a very good goat or a very bad one. Our orders are to kill every other animal except the sheep. And you surely are not a sheep.'
Then they carried the goat to the slaughter house.
Submit Your Review for The Goat
Required fields are marked with (*).
Your e-mail address will not be displayed.
Submit Your Rating for The Goat
© 2016 Vincent Michael
|STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
|NUMBER OF TIMES TITLE VIEWED