BILLY TROLL GOES COUNTRY
written by Debbie Williamson
"What are you doing Billy?" asked Dianne Troll as she walked up the pathway to Billy Troll's front porch. "Hey, that is a neat costume!"
Dianne was referring to the cowboy boots, cowboy hat and checkered shirt that her friend was wearing.
"Hi Dianne!" exclaimed Billy. "This outfit isn't a costume, it's my new look."
"Wait a minute," said Dianne. "You're kidding, aren't you?"
"No Dianne," said Billy. "I'm not kidding."
"Billy, you look like a cowboy," said Dianne.
"I am a cowboy," said Billy.
"Oh come on, Billy," laughed Dianne. "You don't know the first thing about being a cowboy!"
"A lot you know," said Billy. "Before I moved into Troll Town, I worked at Troll Ranch, every weekend and during the summer holidays for four years."
"Oh," said Dianne. "Well, you're not going to sing that country stuff, are you?"
"I sure am," said Billy. "Tonight!"
"What?" screamed Dianne. "Are you out of your mind? Tonight is a very big night for you. This will be your first televised concert!"
"Yes, and I can't think of a better time to show my fans my new image," said Billy.
"Billy, I think you're making a big mistake," said Dianne.
"I have thought about this long and hard, Dianne," said Billy. "Right now, country music is more popular than ever."
"Well, that is true," said Dianne. "I just hope you know what you are doing. Good luck tonight, Billy."
"Thanks Dianne," said Billy. "Don't worry, I know what I'm doing."
"Oh boy," thought Billy to himself after Dianne had left. "I wonder if I am doing the right thing."
Billy was very nervous when he first got up on the stage that night. Television cameras were pointing at him in all directions.
"Good evening, everyone," said Billy into the microphone. "I've got a surprise for you tonight. I'm going to try something a bit different so, please bear with me."
Billy signaled to his band members to begin playing.
"When I was a little boy of three," sang Billy. "I heard country music through the night. Ma would grab my arm and we would dance. It was not a very pretty sight. Please, please don't dare tell my friends, for they'll only laugh and sneer at me. It's not that I now don't like to rock, but I've turned a little bit country."
The audience clapped and cheered. They were very pleased with Billy's new image.
After the concert, Billy saw Dianne waiting for him outside of his dressing room.
"Oh Billy," said Dianne, happily. "You were wonderful!"
"Thanks," said Billy, giving her a kiss on the cheek.
"No," said Dianne. "I mean it. I think this country image is great!"
"Hey Billy," one of his fans shouted. "They are having a country music festival next weekend. Are you coming?"
"You bet I am," said Billy. "I wouldn't miss it for the world!"
"Me either," said Dianne, happily, putting her arm around Billy's waist. "Well, come on cowboy, how about walking a little country girl like me home."
"No problem," said Billy in his best country drawl.