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FF – Counting More Sheep

As it’s another re-run week on Friday Fictioneers, I have decided in my current lazy mood to re-post the same story I wrote 2 years ago :-).

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle, the photo was contributed by Sandra Crook and the re-do was requested by Jennifer Pendergast.

Click on the blue froggy for this week’s other stories!


“Look out! Run for your lives and don’t look back!”

“What? Are you not asleep yet? I thought you were counting sheep?”

“Yeah, awesome zombie sheep! They’ve surrounded a car and they’re eating the occupants. There’s blood and body parts everywhere. They’re bleating ‘baa baa baaaarains!’”

“Okay, this isn’t working. Try counting something else.”

“Like what?”

“Something a little more soothing. A little more sedate. Like cows. Try counting cows. I need to sleep myself, I’ve got a meeting tomorrow.”

“Cows it is then.”

Ten minutes later…

“Woah! Run!”

“Ugh. What is it now?!”

“Awesome vampire cows!”


  1. July 13, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Now that is what I call an overactive imagintion!


  2. July 13, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    A warm milky drink before bedtime, less cheese and wine, I think. Maybe a rare steak, too.


  3. July 13, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Hahaha! He has a very active imagination! Cute story!


  4. July 13, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Oh dear, it’s going to be a looooooonnnng night.
    Perhaps he should count stones?


  5. July 13, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Good story, Ali. I agree there’s trouble ahead, A child with a big imagination can turn anything into a monster. Good writing. 😀 — Suzanne


    • July 14, 2016 at 7:21 am

      Thanks! Hopefully eventually he’ll get some shuteye 🙂


  6. July 13, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    hehehe I always count chocolates 🙂 They never turn into zombies or vampires!


  7. July 13, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Sometimes your imagination can be TOO good, if it keeps you up at night, thinking about zombies and vampires! Fun story, Ali.


    • July 14, 2016 at 7:22 am

      There’s a fine balance imagination-wise. He’ll be too tired in the morning to translate his imagination into stories!

      Liked by 1 person

      • July 14, 2016 at 12:54 pm

        Ah, good point! Or maybe he’ll do what I do — write down that brilliant idea in the middle of the night, and wake to see that it’s gibberish. 😉


  8. July 13, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    I don’t think either of them will be getting much sleep!


  9. July 13, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Haha! Love it. Zombie sheep and vampire cows? There’s a couple of book franchises opening up before you … Great fun


  10. July 13, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Shear terror! 😉


  11. July 13, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Haha..! Good one ☺


  12. July 13, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    I guess counting any living thing wouldn’t be a good idea for someone with such an active imagination!


    • July 14, 2016 at 7:33 am

      No, he wants to try something a bit more inanimate!


  13. July 13, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    I think after that why not count wererabbits… They are even worse


    • July 14, 2016 at 7:34 am

      True, as anyone who’s watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail will confirm!


  14. July 13, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    This made me chuckle. What’s with all the bloody cattle?! 😉


  15. July 13, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Familiar scene 🙂 Vampire cows, huh?


  16. July 13, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Nothing I love more than laughing and this did it for me.


  17. July 14, 2016 at 2:04 am

    Baa Baa Baarains! I love it!


  18. July 14, 2016 at 10:25 am

    *fell in my chair*

    Zombie sheep and vampire cows! Run for your lives, human. XD Awesome story, Ali. Glad you re-posted this one. Didn’t get the chance to read it the first time.


  19. July 14, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    The trifecta is incomplete! What about pigs?

    Liked by 1 person

  20. gentlestitches
    July 15, 2016 at 12:04 am

    I love a good zombie story and this one is hilarious! “baa baa baaaarains!’” LOL!


  21. July 15, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Glad you shared this again. That’s what summer showcase is all about. Being lazy and taking a breather. Although I don’t think this guy has the ability to relax. Fun stuff.




    • July 15, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Dear Rochelle,

      I’m glad you liked the rerun! Nice to take a break once in a while.
      You’re right, this guy needs to try yoga or something!



  22. July 15, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Lol, someone has a big problem with such a wild imagination. Nice!


    • July 15, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      As long as he manages to get some sleep at some point, maybe he’ll become an author!

      Liked by 1 person

  23. gahlearner
    July 15, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Zombie sheep and vampire cows, I love it. Maybe he should start out counting something horrible, can’t get worse then.


    • July 15, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      Now there’s an idea. Trolls?

      Liked by 1 person

      • gahlearner
        July 16, 2016 at 10:22 pm

        Why not? By the time they turn to stone, the sun comes up and the alarm clock rings. 😉


  24. July 16, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Ha, very funny! Something tells me he ain’t getting any sleep using this counting method. Maybe he should count clouds?


    • July 17, 2016 at 5:32 am

      He could try that, but something tells me they’ll start forming wildly exciting shapes in his head 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  25. July 18, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Trying to get to sleep with an over active imagination is not easy! I love the ‘baa, baa, baaaarains.’ 🙂 A very amusing story, Ali.


    • July 18, 2016 at 11:42 am

      Sometimes when I get an idea I find it hard to sleep. I’m glad you liked my story!

      Liked by 1 person

      • July 18, 2016 at 12:07 pm

        That happens to me all the time. Sleep just has to wait until the story or scene is out of my head. 🙂


  26. July 18, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Hahahahaha! Great story, Ai! This was a really fun read! I enjoyed it immensely.

    Five out of five vampire steaks and zombie chops. 😀


    • July 19, 2016 at 6:57 am

      Mmm, vampire steaks and a side of zombie chops, lovely 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!


  27. July 19, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Great story. Curbing the imagination at the right time isn’t easy. Can’t say I’ve had a problem with zombie sheep or vampire cows, though. Lol. Perhaps you should move into the city, well away from these terrors of the countryside. 🙂


    • July 19, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      Yeah, the countryside is just too scary 🙂


  28. mickwynn2013
    July 20, 2016 at 5:57 am

    Very funny, I enjoyed this immensely, although if I was he other person I could see myself losing patience


    • July 20, 2016 at 7:12 am

      And the more annoyed he gets, the harder it will be to get to sleep!

      Liked by 1 person

  29. July 23, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Eh, sleep is overrated. Where would this terrific story be if he had fallen right to sleep? 😉


  30. July 27, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Nice story. Instead of counting cows or sheep, one might as well start counting vampires or zombies.


    • July 28, 2016 at 7:08 am

      If you’re going to be awake anyway, might as well count something interesting!


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