Once upon a time, there was a sheep who lived in a barn with some other animals. This sheep was called Barley. Why was he called barley, you may ask? Well, he really liked to eat a specific kind of food. That food was barley. So, he was dubbed “Barley” by the other sheep.
One day, Barley was outside, minding his own business, munching on some grass, when he saw a huge field of barley. Unfortunately, it was on the other side of a fence. However, that didn’t stop Barley, and he forced his way over the fence into the field, where he began eating all of the crops.
Unfortunately, his world of paradise didn’t last very long. A human came out of the house, saw Barley, and ran towards him, all the while shouting. The human forced Barley out of the field, and told him that he was a very bad sheep. Barley went back in the barn, feeling very sad. He was also scared. What if the human decided to punish him? He couldn’t stand the thought. Unfortunately, he was right. The human did mean to punish him, as he soon found out.
The next day he was forced to go into a small shed, where the human had a sort of razor device. Barley was terrified. This was the end. He was going to become mutton.
Unfortunately, it was worse. The human leaned down, and oh the horrors! The human was cutting off Barley’s prize coat! This was terrible! Barley bleated and struggled, trying to escape the extremely unfair punishment he was getting. Unfortunately, it didn’t work, and the human cut off all of his wonderful curls.
Barley walked out of the shed, embarrassed and humiliated, while the other sheep laughed. Then, the human began bringing other sheep into the shed, and cut off their coats too! What was going on? Did they do something wrong too? Barley decided that they must have; why else was the human cutting off their fur?
That was when Barley realized that he was way more comfortable that usual. He wasn’t nearly as hot and stuffy as he had been several minutes ago. He thought for a bit, and then came to a conclusion. It was because he didn’t have his coat! Ha! The human’s punishment had backfired! Barley walked back into the barn, smug that he had been so smart as to anger the human, getting the human to remove his coat, which then made him more comfortable. So, Barley lived happily ever after because that’s how these stories end.