Later he saw a REAL wolf prowling about his flock. Alarmed, he leaped to his feet and sang out as loudly as he could "Wolf! Wolf!"
But the villagers thought he was trying to fool them again so they didn't come.
At sunset, everyone wondered why the shepherd boy hadn't returned to the village with their sheep.
They went up the hill to find the boy. They found him weeping.
"There really was a wolf here! The flock has scattered! I cried out,"Wolf! Why didn't you come?"
An old man tried to comfort the boy as they walked back to the village.
"We'll help you look for the lost sheep in the morning," he said, putting his arm on the boy, "Nobody believes a liar...even when he is telling the truth!"