We saw the strangest thing today as we were walking along the Newport Canal. The sky was clear and the birds were chirping happily as we looked down over a sloping meadow where sheep were grazing. Suddenly one sheep charged another and butted it so hard it flipped right over. As the stunned creature staggered to its feet the first sheep slammed into it again, knocking it back down.
Then as it attacked for the third time all the other sheep came racing across and joined in too, piling all over the poor sheep on the ground.
Somehow the victim managed to scramble out from under the pack and bolted off down the field, throwing itself into a lean-to in the corner. The mob raced after it and charged at the shelter, pushing and shoving to get in. This went on for what seemed like ages until, just as suddenly as it had started, they appeared to lose interest and wandered off back up the field to continue grazing.
Then the mugged sheep came sauntering out as if nothing had happened and it too continued grazing.
Published by Brendan Gerad O'Brien
Born in Tralee, Co Kerry, I now lives in Wales.
As a child I spent his summer holidays in Listowel, Co Kerry where my uncle Moss Scanlon had a Harness Maker’s shop which was a magnet for all sorts of colourful characters. It was there that my love of words was kindled by the stories of John B. Keane and Bryan MacMahon, who often wandered in for a chat and bit of jovial banter.
I started writing short stories based on those characters and had twenty published in various anthologies and eMags over the years. I’ve now self-published them in a collection called Dreamin’ Dreams which is available through Smashwords.com and Amazon.com, and also as stand-alone items through the same medium.
My first novel, a thriller set in Wales during WW2 called
Dark September is published by Tirgearr Publishing.
Gallows Field is my second thriller and set in Ireland during WW2, and is self-published with Amazon and Smashwords.com
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