The Amazing Dancing Billionaire

The coat turned up when Carlo was going through his grandfather’s possessions at the time of death. He decided to keep it.

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Ten years later, Carlo was richer than he would’ve needed to be in a large number of potential lifetimes. The coat provided him anything he liked. The only catch – he had to be wearing the coat. Which was, to say the least, embarrassing.

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But involuntary dancing was not a bad price to pay, all things considered.

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The girl he’d loved since high school was now his wife (he hadn’t worn the coat when dating her), and she was, in general, quite taken by the dancing.

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There was the time Carlo met the President. That went interestingly.

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And there was the time Carlo was almost killed but the assassin’s gun backfired.

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At the age of 50, Carlo had exactly one adult photograph of himself wearing his coat that did not show him dancing.

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Somebody figured it out. One morning, the coat, and only the coat, had disappeared from the cupboard.

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For exactly three seconds, he suspected his wife. But luckily, she was asleep and did not notice this.

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Five years later, there was a new dancing billionaire. Carlo went to shake his hand. Carlo couldn’t tell whether or not the guy was nervous to meet him. Poor kid wouldn’t stop shaking anyway.