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THE STREETS - Chapter 1 - by DanLuVisiArt THE STREETS - Chapter 1 - by DanLuVisiArt
A tease from my upcoming book Popped Culture, Kickstarter coming this June/July. 

Enjoy the story and art of Bert and Ernest's wild ride through The Streets.


Chapter I: A Long Way From Home 

The blast was louder than Ernest had expected, however the blow-back affected him even more. The heavy gun weighted down his tiny orange hands, but he firmly gripped the cannon, amidst the nervous twitch.

Ernest stood before his first victim, a day he'd never imagined to had happen. He was always unsure what he wanted to be in life, but a killer was never an option. 

“What the hell, Ernest?!” yelled Bert, as he grabbed the pistol from his still shell-shocked brother.

“He was going to kill you, Bert...” Ernest said, his wet eyes still glued onto the victim. “I was trying to protect you, Bert.”

Bert shook his head, placing his pistol back into the holster. Bert made his way to the couch, removing the trash from it and proceeding to tear off the crumb-ridden sheets. “You made this mess, so now you're going to clean it up.”

I don't think any bath can clean this mess, Bert.” Ernest muttered under his breath, an old brotherly joke, now sadly forgotten and replaced with despair.

Well figure it the hell out.” Bert said, throwing the sheets at his brother. Ernest grabbed the sheets and made his way over to the fallen body. He looked down at his victim, staring into the eyes of yet another killer, one far more veteran than himself. His mind began to skip, until Bert slapped him in the head, knocking sense back into his tiny body.

Ernest! Get it together. Clean this up while I figure out what to do now.”

Ernest leaned down, trying to lift the heavy body and place him in the sheets. The blood leaked from the wound, which was located between the victim's right eye and cheek. Ernest watched as it continued to pump a thick, dark red stream over the neon-lit carpet. “What are we going to do, Bert?” Ernest asked, nervously pushing his greased-black hair aside.

We gotta figure out an alibi for The Bird. He's gonna wonder why this guy disappeared and when he finds out that we did it? You and I are goneFor good.” Bert exhaled.

I was only trying to help, the frantic Ernest yelled in his mind. All those years he had grown next to Bert, wanting to follow in his footsteps—wanting to impress his older brother—only for this to happen? But that was the very problem, Ernest had difficulties even finding the footsteps to begin with. He was never a leader, only a follower, needing a hand to guide him through challenges most would figure out on their own through simply...

...Growing up. Ernest thought, something he had heard once too many times before. 

Bert tried to conjure a plan in the meantime, but his past kept coming back to haunt him. Over the years, friends and family told Bert behind his brother's back to move on. Leave the kid, and focus on your life. You have goals, he doesn't, they would say. Become something and lead by example they would remind him. Bert never left Ernest's side though, continuously putting his life on hold to help Ernest further his own.

Because that was the promise Bert made to Ernest before he left. He gave his word that he would never leave his side, and that he would always be his protector. But now, once again, Bert was forced to figure out a way to solve yet another one of his brother's foils.

Bert grabbed Ernest's shoulder, knowing and understanding what he must be going through. “It's a lot to take in. I've been there, many times, in your exact spot. The gun feels heavy, but you almost enjoy it.” Bert sayid, as Ernest looks up at him. “You then one day require it.” he finishes.

Are...are we in trouble Bert?” he asked in his tiny, innocent voice—his hands still shaking.

The body below them began to twitch, a second breath of life entering his lungs. Bert and Ernest watched as he struggled to rise, the gurgles slowly weeping from his mouth as his large eyes darted around the room. Bert retrieved his .45 Caliber back from his holster, and aimed it at the victim's forehead.

Bert sighed. “Yes, we're in trouble, Ernest," pulling the trigger and landing a .45 caliber round into the head of The Cook, one of The Street's most notorious Cookie Dealers. A decision that would soon assure them both a home six feet under.

Big trouble.
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Nightphoenix2 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018   General Artist
LOL,....I like
Rhew23 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018
Absolute delight
Shikomo-de Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2018
bestpony666 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
childhood ruined...
RagnarokAKAKIRBY61 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018
get over it
RagnarokAKAKIRBY61 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018
mikerahn Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017
XxRobotChaoxX Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
torroninho Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
n i c e
knuxz01 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Student Digital Artist
yooo thats cool
Iamdiaz94 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing. Although in my opinion I think an appropriate title would be 'The Sesame Streets' haha
SuperSmashLexi Featured By Owner Edited Sep 10, 2016  Professional General Artist
Potato Knishes
NihilLoliGasan Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
nightofwinterair Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016
This is awesome!!! XD
CutePigTail Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2016
Awesome style and work with light in scene.
PETROL-TANK Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Gulliver63 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016
My God - I'd seen this before, but nearly doubled over laughing. I had just watched the scene from "Goodfellas" where they nearly beat Billy Bats to death, and I so want to do that scene with these guys. If I do, I want to give a shout out to you for this series of yours.
MVVR Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016
Good story comes toghether with good a graphic
WarcraftWolf Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016
the hood
BummerForShort Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, the amount of detail in this pic. Just look at that sweater!
HighRollerHydra Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
What the ever loving
TheFrigginPizzaMan Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016
So glad I found this.
rockinrocket67791 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016
Sesame Thugs
superderrick Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016
Everything about this is fantastic. Wow. You're on my radar :D
Fullmetal-Animator Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Love this :D
FerryQueen Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Homicide on Sesame Street brought to you by the letter "H".
OctIkitten Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016
I want this bookjdkd.
IvanRostoff Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015
First of all I want to say you are a bad bad man and need to seek professional help.
Secondly, I love this.
modernsonic1223 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Who did he kill?? 0-0
CubeTron23 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cookie Monster.
modernsonic1223 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I read the description already, I know
I just asked before reading :P
toomuch89 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
This made me laugh so hard!

Hey, I had an idea sort of like this too. Only really different, cause I did it before I saw this. Allusions to the wizard of oz-- I don't know, I read every book on e-reader when I was little, seen the movies-- in some of my paintings, in my satire of prohibition where marijuana comes to life as a person-- it just comes back to me I guess. 

Congratulations on the movie. I like the muppets too, I really like the labyrinth. 
ScaryDisneyIsLove Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015
*Can't fucking breathe this is so amazing* Markiplier clapping (F2U) 
RedSinister97 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015
Heybye44PTX Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Goldham92 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
well this was intersting
Now they really do look like they live in the inner city. Sesame Street ought to reflect the realities of inner city life. It ain't pretty.
100fluffychinchillas Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WAIT!!! did he just kill cookie monster!!Waaaah!  NOOOOO!! but if its veggie monster.... kill himClem Epic face 
modernsonic1223 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Cookie did not die... he became somting horrifying :(
TimelyClassicStudios Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is fantastic. my only comment is that you spelled said wrong, but other than that I LOVE THIS
Uber-Stooge Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015
that is awesome
SoupNaziMark2 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015
That sign for "Oscar's" cracks me up. 

The Grouch was a character inspired by a rude waiter at Oscar's, a cafe where Jim Henson used to have lunch.  According to him, going there eventually became 'a form of masochistic entertainment.'
Amemo25 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015
white-drop558 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this picture got popular 
Dragon0guy Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
say to… to sblock me now, if she rejects. tell to your frends to spam her. because she blocked me for no reason for a request
Amateur-Artist-163 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is pretty dark...
 Waaaah! It is ASTOUNDING.
makepictures Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015
Really appreciate your participation in the Sketch This project. It a terrific outreach to artists and those who use drawing tools in their everyday work.
MariaMurphyArt Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015  Professional General Artist
arakoyuk Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
I don't think any bath can clean this mess, Bert.” - what does it refer to? 
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