“What are you working on?” asked Mick Troll, walking into Billy Troll’s music studio uninvited.
“Why do you want to know?” asked Billy. “You won’t like it anyway.”
“You are right,” said Mick Troll. “I won’t like it but I would like to hear it.”
“Sorry,” said Billy. “Nobody invited you. You will not hear my work until everyone else does. You are just jealous and always have been. Now, please leave. I have work to do.”
“Fine,” said Mick. “I will leave you to your petty work.”
Mick walked out of the studio and Billy’s wife, Dianne Troll came in a few minutes later.
“Sweetheart,” said Dianne. “What did Mick want?”
“He wanted to know what I was working on,” said Billy.
“You didn’t play your new Valentine’s Day song for him, did you?” asked Dianne.
“Not a single note,” said Billy.
“Good,” said Dianne. “He is on a fishing expedition. Word on the street is that his creative juices have dried out and he is looking for inspiration.”
“I figured as much,” said Billy.
“Is your song ready?” asked Dianne.
“I just finished it,” said Billy. “It is ready for the two Valentine’s Day concerts.”
“Perfect,” said Dianne. “You have an hour before the first one starts. Let’s get to the concert stage.”
Billy and Dianne arrived at the concert hall just as Mick Troll got on stage.
“This is my new song,” said Mick to the crowd.
Mick started singing and Billy knew right away Mick’s song wasn’t new. The crowd picked up on that as well and they started booing him. Mick just walked off the stage.
“You’re up next,” said Mick, walking by Billy.
“Okay folks,” said Billy into the microphone. This is my brand new song. I just finished it.”
Billy sang his new song.
“My heart is filled with warmth,” sang Billy. “As we move along to the north. Will you be my Valentine, my sweet Valentine. Let’s watch our love shine, our true love shine.”
The crowd went wild. They loved it.
“What trash!” Billy heard Mick say to him when they were backstage.
“Mick just leave before you embarrass yourself anymore than you already have,” said Billy.
Mick kept up his jealous rage but Billy just ignored him. Mick was so angry that he went back on stage and started singing Billy’s new song and claiming it as his own. The crowd wanted nothing to do with it. They all walked out of the concert hall.
Billy and Dianne left as well. Mick finally realized he was washed up. He walked off stage with his head hung low.
“I am sorry,” said Mick, the next day to Billy. “I let my jealousy get the best of me. Will you ever forgive me?”
“Yes,” said Billy. “I do forgive you. I did like how my song sounded when you sang it. There is another Valentine’s Day concert tonight. How about you singing it with me?”
“I would love to,” said Mick, giving Billy a hug, knowing Billy was giving him a way to redeem himself. “Thank you so much!”
“You are welcome!” said Billy.
Billy and Mick sang Billy’s new song and the crowd adored it. They all figured Billy was giving Mick a chance to redeem himself because they knew how kind and generous Billy was. They accepted Mick and forgave him for the fiasco he caused the night before.
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