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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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OctIkitten Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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 Artist
Who did he kill?? 0-0
toomuch89 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015
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  New Deviant
*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 General 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 Artist
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? 
EireBrony Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
who did you sell your soul to, to learn how to shade like that? Wow! 
icyfrostcats Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You can make the most stupidest child characters the creepiest. I do love how realistic this is! It gives me the creeps.
DecemberSounds Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015
Me gusta
curtis-macdonald Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Holy shit, this is genius.
TannerE Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Squid kid 
FnafPurpleGuy Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Oh gosh 
Dark-Mountain-Queen Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bert WTF 
VanillaBark Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This actually fits.
TMNTMoonkitteh Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cookie Dealers
Sweetlord not the cookies-
FallenChibiAngel Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
I don't need to sleep anyway :D
melonken Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
lol wut
justakid93 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Student
I love this. A reimagination of my childhood
ZozanTheDragon Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how realistic and detailed this looks!
Mondomanusa Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist is this!!!!...this is hilarious
Res818 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Too dope. The artwork and the writing. 
ErrorKids Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DANIELSDEN Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Taking cwhat was traditionally childlike and flipping it .... simply genius!!!
lanternjoe Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
I'm sure you've heard this a million times, but I'm reminded of that bit in one of the first Family Guy episodes where Peter was watching TV for so long that eventually Sesame Street and Homicide: Life on the Street started running together.
Rockyrailroad578 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
whodatninja9386020 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
themathmaster Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
This is epic. Off to read the rest of the story.
jflaxman Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
dbren7872 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
This picture had me laughing even a few days after I looked at it.  I don't like how Bert finished off the guy he shot.  But it's still a good and appropriate story to these two characters. 

Very Good Work! Keep it Coming! 

I imagine that you like to make people realize the ridiculousness of their lack of good judgment sometimes. 
CreepyDumpling Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
heyfunnyboy Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Wow. Just, wow.
Coolioking Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Messed up, but EXCELLENT STORY!!!
antcow Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
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