A/N: The last couplet of this story's song came to me one night as I randomly stared out the window,trying to sleep, and I though 'That is so something Ernie would say..or sing!' The rest of the song followed, and soon I had a sappy friendship fluff worthy of Henson Studios. In short, that's why I wrote something so fluffy and totally not my normal thing. Darn frying pan-weilding muse..!
It was a perfect day for playing on Sesame Street. Monsters and kids were outside rollerskating, running, playing ball, or just sitting and enjoying a malt at Hooper's Store. Of course for Bert, this meant it was the opportune moment to read his new book, Travel Places for Boring Sight-seekers.
He was seated in his favorite yellow armchair, while his pal and roommate Ernie sat in another chair, listening rather uninterestedly as Bert prattled on about his book.
"Oh, Ernie it's so exciting! Did you know that oatmeal originated in Scotland? Wow, I'd really love to go there! There're mill tours and everything!" Bert was saying excitedly.
"Uh-huh, that's very nice, Bert.." Ernie replied, yawning slightly with his head in his hand.
Bert looked slightly affronted.
"Well fine, if you don't like oatmeal then how about this? 'See the perfectly upright, strongly foundationed tower of Pisa'. Or how about 'the completely unsunk, bone dry city somewhere north of Venice'. Or hey, you'll love this one, 'the totally plain, non-white cliffs of Dover'!" he read.
Ernie shook his head a little and lifted it from his hand.
"Naw, I'm sorry Bert, but I'm just not all that into world travel." He said bluntly.
"W-What?" Bert asked, incredulous, "Well why not? It's so exciting, a-a-and, oh you don't know what you're missing!" he stammered as he got up and walked toward Ernie.
"Well I'm sorry Bert, but that's just how it is. I'd just rather stay here where everyone is together, instead of flying off to see oat mills and unsunk cities." Ernie tried.
"Y-Yeah, sure, b-b-but..WHY?! What's so great about staying here?" questioned a flustered Bert as he looked randomly around the apartment.
"Oh, no problem Bert." Ernie smiled, "Here, let me explain…"
And a sweet melody swelled up from nowhere as Ernie began singing:
"I haven't seen the world, and I haven't seen the sights
You say I'm missing something, and maybe you are right,
But I don't want that something, if I have to leave my home
Or travel through the muggy desert sands.
See maybe you annoy me, and maybe I, you
But it doesn't last for long, because our friendship's true.
This feeling is the same, with everyone I know
So can you see the reason I won't go?
Sure I could make new friends, and they could tide me over
But it wouldn't be the same and when I left I'd miss them too.
So I won't go to Scotland, and I won't go to Dover
No I'd rather be, here and stay with you.
Oh I haven't seen the world, and I haven't seen the sights
You say I'm missing something, and maybe you are right
But I don't want that something, if I have to go to Rome
Or travel to see mariachi bands.
You can travel all you like, and I will miss you dearly
But I cannot go with you, 'cause truly and sincerely
Though I would enjoy myself, being just with you
Being near all things I love, just can't compete with two.
Going to the Great Wall, and seeing it might be neat
Though I'm perfectly happy, simply staying here
'Cause home is something that's, impossible to beat
And especially if you're here it brings me cheer.
So I don't need to see the world, I don't need to see the sights
To see that my ol' buddy, is a splendorous delight
And I'd rather be at home, with the people that I love
Than alone, in the richest, of the lands.
Ernie finished, and the music faded. Bert was left gaping emotionally at Ernie.
"Bert? Bert, are you al-WAAH!" Ernie yelled as Bert threw himself on Ernie, sobbing.
"Oh, Ernie that was beautiful a-and moving! You're so right, who needs travel when you've got great friends?" he cried into Ernie's shoulder.
Ernie hugged Bert and patted his back.
"Oh, come now, Bert. I'm glad you liked the song, but like I said, if traveling is something you enjoy then you should do it. It's called having an opinion and acting on it." he said calmly.
Bert stood up and wiped his eyes, sniffling.
"Oh I know, it-it's just that that song, i-it was to touching..!" he sniffed.
"Aw heck, anytime Bert. I'm full of 'em. Kh-h-h-h!" Ernie laughed, "Hey, you wanna go for a walk in the park? It's still a bea-u-ti-ful day out!"
He made his way to the door.
Bert looked at the travel book he was still holding, gave a raised eyebrow sigh, and flung it over his shoulder before following Ernie.
"Y'know, I've always wondered, where exactly does that music come from, anyways?" he asked as he closed the door behind them.