Once upon a time there were two creatures, an ant, whose family had always worked in the Hopper & Son's mine, and a Grasshopper whose family had always owned said mine. The grasshoppers never wanted for everything. They could afford the best tutors & schools.
They never knew what it was like to be hungry, and they never ran out of money. None of them ever worked.

The ants, on the other hand, knew nothing but toil. All of them had been born into poverty. They lived in the Hopper & Son's company town.
They went to school at the company school. When they were sick, they went to the company doctor. They prayed at the company church. They were paid in company dollars. Everything was always more than they could afford, so they had to take out credit from the company bank.
No matter how much they toiled and managed to save, not a single one of them had ever made it out of the mine. The mine got deeper, they got poorer, and the grasshoppers got richer.
Now both creatures had a passion for playing the fiddle. The grass hopper had nothing but time to learn to play. They were taught by some of the greatest masters of the age. The fiddle they owned was one of the oldest, and hand carved fiddle from the 1700s.
The ant had a second hand fiddle that was passed down to them after their father had died in the mine. They learned from family and friends. They were the first chair in the school band. After school and their shift in the mine, you could hear them practice every spare moment.
Everyone told the grasshopper they were gifted and destined for greatness. Everyone told the ant that they should give up and stop wasting their time.

Then came the night of the academy auditions. Every year the Hopper's academy held a contest to give a full ride scholarship.
Despite not needing the scholarship in any way, the grasshopper competed. They played a lively classical piece that was heavily technical and perfect.

Then it was the ants turn. Standing in a threadbare, ill fitting suit from a great uncle, the ant began his tune.
It was an old tune of their people. One their father had sung many a time. It wasn't technical, at least at first. Then they poured layer after layer into the arrangement. It was a beautiful ode to their people and their journey as an artist. There was no doubt who won.
Well, who really won. Technically, the grasshoppers, at least on paper, hadn't made a dime that year, meaning their financial need was greater. Their father had also just donated a brand new wing to the academy, and their grandfather had founded the school. Their cousin a judge.
As the grasshopper was tuning his fiddle the first day of classes, the ant was already starting their second shift for the day. By lunch time that night, they ended up having an accident that broke their hand.

They would never play the fiddle again.
The grasshopper soon discovered that, while talented, they weren't nearly as accomplished as they thought they were. They eventually shifted majors, graduated with a c- average, and took over their parents mining operation.
The grasshoppers continued to eat well and stay warm and fiddle all winter lon, while in the shacks that the grasshoppers set aside for the ants, the ants starved in the cold with nothing to keep them company but empty bellies, broken backs, and broken dreams.

The End.

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