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Summary: The beginning of a path Adam didn’t realize lay before him. The outcome is one that changes his life forever and opens the door to unknown and life changing challenges.
Word Count: 223,014
Summary: Have Pa and Little Joe had one argument too many? Will the family be split apart? Will Adam have to break a promise and tell Little Joe the truth?
Word Count: 23,320
Summary: At first, Adam isn’t sure how his Eastern friend will feel about life on the Ponderosa, but he–and the rest of the Cartwrights–soon realize that George is not the only one who has a lot to learn from his visit.
Word Count: 35,000
Summary: A short introspective piece as a son waits to hear if his father will live.
Word Count: 1075
Summary: A summer visitor brings nothing but trouble for Joe.
Word Count: 19,380
Summary: Sequel to “The Easterner”. Joe tries to teach Martin ranchwork, and little about family and having fun, too.
Word Count: 26,485
Summary: To gain some peace and quiet, Ben sends his sons and summer guest Martin Lindsay on a hunting trip. But when Hoss is injured, Joe and Martin risk their lives in a desperate race for help. Third story in series begun with “The Easterner” and “The Tenderfoot,” but it is not necessary to read those stories first.
Word Count: 30,260
Summary: This is a compilation of ten private conversations between Adam and Hoss Cartwright from childhood through adulthood showing facets of their brotherhood.
Rated: PG (references to adult themes)
Word Count: 4520
Summary: Sitting in a campsite in the dark, two brothers can share what might be difficult to admit in other circumstances and perhaps say more than might be prudent to divulge. This is an expanded pinecone.
Word Count: 1047
Summary: A What Happened Before story for The Mill.
Word Count: 3655
Summary: As his pain riddled body succumbs to it’s fate, Adam, alone in Red Rock Canyon, encounters more than just the puma who stalks him.
Word Count: 9900
Summary: A What Happened Next for Twilight Town.
Word Count: 2575
Summary: One man’s dream is another’s reality.
Word Count: 3839
Summary: There’s a new dressmaker in town, and she wreaks havoc at a town social to meet the Cartwright brothers.
Word Count: 3590
Summary: Ben has a surprise for his young sons, but will the boys be as excited as their father?
Word Count: 16,200
Summary: Es geht um einen Tag im Leben der Cartwrights, der aber entgegen dem Titel, welcher ironisch gemeint ist, alles andere als “normal” ist. Es ist ein chaotischer, abenteuerlicher aber auch gefährlicher Tag.
Word Count: 11,920
Word Count: Es geht um ein Erlebnis das Adam hat. Er lernt etwas zu verstehen. Die Geschichte begleitet ihn bei diesem Prozess. Aber er ist nicht der einzige, der etwas lernt. Auch Ben macht eine Feststellung.
Word Count: 5340
Summary: Little Joe has a problem with the new student at school, and Miss Jones proves to be no help whatsoever… but it all leads to what if’s and if only’s in the end.
Word Count: 1910
Summary: While in Carson City, Joe stops for a quick drink before heading home and meets Eleanor. A challenge piece based on the song “Eleanor Rigby” by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Word Count: 1463
Summary: A continuation of Elegy for a Hangman.
Word Count: 6500
Summary: Happy with his new love, his new home and expecting great things from his new life, Hoss isn’t prepared for the sudden twist that turns his world upside down and inside out.
Word Count: 9300
Word Count: This is my first story with Ellie, a Cartwright daughter.
Word Count: 11,460
Summary: This is my second story with Ellie. Christmas time brings a hard lesson for Ellie and Joe.
Word Count: 7805
Summary: This is my third story with Ellie.
Word Count: 9620
Summary: Sometimes Ellie can just get a fill of all her brothers, but sometimes she really needs all of them.
Word Count: 4885
Summary: I always wondered what it would have been like if Ellie had met Clarissa.
Word Count: 6485
Summary: Just imagine if Ellie had met Clay…
Word Count: 7210
Summary: Two men show up from Adam’s past. What do they have against him?
Word Count: 7300
Word Count: Priscilla sure was a pain…payback time…but by whom?
Word Count: 5590
Word Count: Joe and pesky little sisters and guns – not a good combo.
Word Count: 10,585
Summary: Joe and Ellie are beat up by a bully. What to do, what to do…
Word Count: 11,060
Summary: Ellie’s trip to Carson City with the Family – what could possibly go wrong? Famous last words.
Word Count: 10,355
Summary: Ellie, Joe, Marybeth and Michael get into some trouble when the circus comes to town.
Word Count: 7000
Word Count: This is an Ellie story about a lost ring, a naughty little girl and family.
Word Count: 14,310
Word Count: Ellie is asked to sing a solo at church – she doesn’t want to sing. Which brother helps her out?
Word Count: 7440
Summary: Ellie and Joe get into an argument – how are they going to solve it and will they get it resolved before Pa steps in.
Word Count: 4760
Summary: First in the “Trail” series. On the trail with Joe and Clay, Ellie reminisces about the Pokey, the baby porcupine.
Word Count: 4500
Summary: Second in the “Trail” series. Clay, Joe and Ellie are still on the trail. This story can be completely read on it’s own. I decided to make a short series of stories on the trail. Clay has just finishing doctoring Joe’s backside from Joe’s untimely meeting with a cactus. Joe is now resting a little uncomfortably on his bed roll .
Word Count: 4305
Summary: Third in the “Trail” series. Joe, Ellie and Clay are still on the trail. This story can be read on its own. It’s Clay’s turn to tell a story of his childhood.
Word Count: 3230
Word Count: Fourth in the “Trail” series.
Word Count: 6175
Word Count: You know, barrel racing is just an event for boys…
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Word Count: Pa is wondering if Ellie is ever going to learn to mind?
Word Count: 6425
Summary: The family wonders what is going on with Adam. They are alternately worried, wondering, and upset with him. There are many possibilities but no one suspects the real reason for his behavior until it is nearly too late. He’s going to need his family to survive this mess.
Word Count: 11,749
Summary: A Missing Scene from Season 11’s A Darker Shadow.
Word Count: 7403
Summary: No longer a boy, sixteen-year-old Joe Cartwright is struggling with what it means to be a man. Meanwhile, the Ponderosa is plagued by rustlers, and when Joe uses the opportunity to prove himself and protect his family, he unwittingly puts both himself and his father in grave danger…
Word Count: 9000
Summary: A subtlety haunting story written for Halloween. Caught out in a fierce thunderstorm, Joe and Adam take shelter in a long abandoned house where shadows of the past may still linger.
Word Count: 8050
Summary: A WHN for the episode, Emily.
Word Count: 3140
Summary: Hoss meets the woman he wants to marry. However, she has a secret regarding her past, which makes her wary of closeness with anyone. Hoss is determined to break through her shell and win her heart.
Word Count: 5260
Word Count: Hoss & Emily’s first child is indeed a “special delivery”.
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Word Count: Hoss becomes a knight in shining armor to the daughter of a town drunk.
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Word Count: Hoss’s deceit tarnishes his armor in Emily’s eyes.
Word Count: 2843
Word Count: Hoss decides to take the problem of Emily’s father into his own hands. (Sequel to “Tarnished Armor”)
Word Count: 8432
Summary: Adam provides Emily with an opportunity that may take her away from Hoss.
Word Count: 3673
Summary: Adam and Hoss take Emily to attend school in San Francisco.
Word Count: 9908
Word Count: A letter from a far away island makes Ben remember an old love.
Word Count: 1636
Summary: An unexpected encounter brings up painful memories for Adam and leads to danger for him and for Joe.
Word Count: 6600
Summary: Words said have a destruction consequence within the Cartwright family. One family member refuses to live where respect does not. This story continues in “More than Enough”.
Word Count: 6299
Summary: This is the sequel to my first story written for the Summer Camp Challenge. Please read “Enough” first to fully understand “More Than Enough.”
Word Count: 4952
Summary: “The secret of humor is not joy, but sorrow.” A Find-The-Quote challenge and WHI for Enter Mark Twain.
Word Count: 16,760
Word Count: Just days before Christmas, the Cartwrights have guests.
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Word Count: The boys are determined to find a birthday gift their father will love. They succeed too well.
Word Count: 6773
Summary: Joe’s friend Georgia is now a famous singing star. But her return home throws up problems for Joe.
Word Count: 13,920
Summary: Joe travels to San Francisco. He is dreading seeing Edward again, but nothing turns out quite the way he expects.
Word Count: 11,310
Summary: A WHN/alternate ending for the episode The Quality of Mercy. Joe goes to see Seth Pruitt in jail.
Rating: K+ Word Count: 613
Summary: Tensions are high when Adam and Joe set off on an important journey together, but events allow them to reach a true understanding of one another.
Word Count: 5720
Word Count: Adam und Ben denken beide aus gegebenem Anlass an ihre gemeinsame Fahrtzeit zurück (1844).
Word Count: 4000
Word Count: While on their way home after a cattle drive, the boys run into some trouble in the form of a ruthless gang of thieves! Also I wanted to dedicate this story to Andy who always believed I could write even when I didn’t.
Word Count: 21,770
Summary: A missing scene for the episode.
Rated: T (implied sex)
Word Count: 640
Word Count: Circumstantial evidence incriminates Joe Cartwright in his fiance’s murder. A WHI for Justice written by Richard Wendley. This is my version of what happened after Sally is murdered.
Word Count: 8100
Summary: Love, hate, death and Etta, go hand in hand with life on the Ponderosa…Who loves? Who hates? Who dies? Who is Etta? The Cartwright boys find trouble in Turner’s Town. Ben finds trouble in San Fransisco. Is Barney Fuller friend or foe? Candy gets an offer, but is it one he can refuse?.
Word Count: 112,575
Summary: A brief window into the Cartwright family if Inger had lived.
Word Count: 1482
Word Count: 36,000
Summary: A follow up story to “Every Purpose Under Heaven”.
Word Count: 52,000
Summary: A follow up to “Another Season”.
Word Count: 27,000
Summary: Sometimes being the perfect son is not easy to live up to; even Hoss has to have an off day. But what is troubling Hoss to make him lose his appetite, lash out at his youngest brother and square up to his eldest?
Word Count: 4800
Summary: A WHIB for the episode The Jury. Adam and Hoss have another heart to heart. This one would take place before the one in the episode, but after the scene where Adam comes home with a busted fist.
Rated: K+ Word Count: 959
Summary: A brutal attack on the Cartwrights leads to an unlikely lesson about family.
Summary: WHN for My Brother’s Keeper. Despite Joe’s recovery from the accident, Adam feels guilty. Can he resist the lure of the east?
Word Count: 10,120
Summary: Six year old Little Joe becomes ill with a pneumonia.
Word Count: 500
Summary: Joe feels responsible for the death of a new ranch hand.
Word Count: 13,725