Stories by Title P

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Pa? You Listening? (by JoaniePaiute)

Summary: An intimate look at 5-year-old Adam’s thoughts on berry jam, Miss Inger, and what Pa should do about them both.
Rated: K
Word Count: 800

Pa’s Best Man (by Visage)

Summary: Just a little unanswered scene (in my humble opinion) from Inger, My Love. After Ben proposes to Inger in the street they both go off in the opposite direction of the boarding house forgetting all about poor Adam! (Which they seem to do a lot in this episode…) This is my attempt to fix that.
Rated: K
Word Count: 2900

Pa’s Christmas Gift (by HelenA)

Summary: It’s Christmas time on the Ponderosa. What are the boys planning to get Ben for Christmas?
Rated: K
Word Count: 5785

Pa’s Old Friend (by Sibylle)

Summary: A visit from Ben’s old friend leads to a startling realization.
Rated: T
Word Count: 2200

Pains of Love #1 (by KateP)

Summary: Adam falls in love only to find he has a rival, his own father.
Rated: K+
Word Count: 16,260

Pains of Love #2 – A Flame Rekindled (by KateP)

Summary: Sequel to “Pains of Love”. Twelve years have passed and now Carrie is back in town.
Rated: K+
Word Count: 31,535

Pains of Love #3 – Legacy of Love (by KateP)

Summary: Two young visitors bring a surprise for the Cartwrights.
Rated: K+
Word Count: 14,725

Pandora’s Sisters (by freyakendra)

Summary: The unexpected arrival of a mysterious group of women complicates—and threatens—Cartwright lives, turning the Ponderosa into a decisive battleground.
Rated: T

Pandora’s Box (by Krystyna)

Summary: Everyone at school had a secret in the family so Joe was convinced there had to be a secret in his own, and where better to find it than in a certain box in his father’s room.
Rated: G
Word Count: 2190

Pantalettes and Kisses and Passionate Misses (by Puchi Ann)

Summary: On a secret mission, adolescent Joe Cartwright tracks his best source of discovering what girls are hiding beneath their frilly drawers—his brother Adam.
Rated: K+
Word Count: 8954

Paradise #1 – And So Ends Another Day in Paradise (by the Tahoe Ladies)

Summary: Joe finds himself traveling into a different type of town.
Rated: MA (Adult Themes)
Word Count: 12,000

Paradise #2 – Paradise Encore (by the Tahoe Ladies)

Summary: Adam retraces Joe’s steps and they lead him to Paradise. Written by Tahoe Ladies Pam and Coyote.
Rated: MA (Adult Themes)
Word Count: 11,500

Paradise Lost (by Terri)

Summary: Adam has the chance to expand his ‘education’ before going to college, but little brothers, fallen angels and his ‘creator’ have different ideas.
Rated: T
Word Count: 4900

Part of the Rainbow #1 (by DebbieB)

Summary: When an ex-slave comes to Virginia City, bringing with him, his son who enrolls in the local school, and whom Little Joe tries to befriend, the community is divided on the issue. Certain facts about the family begin to surface, teaching everyone that every child is part of God’s beautiful rainbow.
Rated: PG-13 (deals with racism)
Word Count: 15,450

Part of the Rainbow #2 – The Dark Side of the Rainbow (by DebbieB)

Summary: Part 2 of “Part of the Rainbow”. Five years later Joe meets his old friend and now US Marshal, Bass Reeves, but this time under much different circumstances. Both learn that there are two sides to the rainbow…can one help the other see beyond the dark side of the rainbow?
Rated: PG
Word Count: 17,300

Partners (by Sibylle)

Summary: Adam Cartwright relates an early adventure of the three Cartwright brothers
Rated: K
Word Count: 6191

Passages (by dbird)

Summary: From tragedy to laughter, a family’s life is made up of many passages.
Rated: K+
Word Count: 11,680

Passing Time and Popping Corn (by patina)

Summary: After a long day of fence repairs, Adam, Hoss, and Joe decide to camp by the lake. What could be better on a chilly night than some hot popcorn?
Rated: K
Word Count: 1792

Passions and Dreams (by AC1830)

Summary: Adam Cartwright and Lotta Crabtree were supposed to be strangers when her carriage broke down on the Ponderosa, but something in their demeanor seemed to say otherwise. Based on the episode A Rose for Lotta. Dialogue in the last chapter is from the episode written by David Dortort.
Rated: T
Word Count: 7909

Payback (by storm)

Summary: This is my story for the Halloween challenge.
Rated: K+
Word Count: 3300

Payback for a Kill (by HelenD & JennyD)

Summary: A WHN for Credit for a Kill.
Rated: T
Word Count: 15,700

Paying the Price (by SusanG)

Summary: Will it be worth the cost to refuse to sell lumber to a new mine owner?
Rated: T
Word Count: 20,180

Payment Due (by EPM)

Summary: Someone is trying to take a piece of the Ponderosa, Ben is shot and Adam meets an old acquaintance.
Rated: K+
Word Count: 15,400

Pennsylvania (by Hart4Ben)

Summary: The past inspires the true meaning of the season.
Rated: G
Word Count: 2400

Perchance to Dream (by EPM)

Summary: A Post Script for the series and the actors we so grew to love.
Rated: K+
Word Count: 1300

Perro 1 – A Dog Called Perro (by KateP)

Summary: Ben and Joe head into trouble.
Rated: K+
Word Count: 7760

Perro 2 – From the Flames (by KateP)

Summary: Perro part 2 – second in the series
Rated: K+
Word Count: 8470

Perro 3 –The Tracker (by KateP)

Summary: The third in the “Perro” Trilogy. Joe is in mortal peril.
Rated: K+
Word Count: 13,005

Perspectives (by Hart4Ben)

Summary: Adam and Ben’s thoughts on a special day in Adam’s life.
Rated: K+
Word Count: 509

Phoenix Series – Book 1 – Chained (by the Tahoe Ladies)

Summary: The boys thought they would have some fun, only their fun brought down dire consequences for one of the Cartwrights. He reacted based on how he was taught; now he stands on the precipice between justice and revenge. Which will win?
Rated: T
Word Count: 61,990

Phoenix Series – Book 2 – Rising (by the Tahoe Ladies)

Summary: Always the youngest and smallest and trying to measure up; how can events of the past cannot be forgotten when faced with the stark reality on a daily basis. Can he accept and live with the truth?
Rated: T
Word Count: 54,713

Phoenix Series – Book 3 – Freed (by the Tahoe Ladies)

Summary: Like the Phoenix, one must be totally broken and consumed by the flames of the past in order to rise again…stronger, better, a Cartwright no doubt.
Rated: T
Word Count: 52,887

Physics 101 (by the Tahoe Ladies)

Summary: Adam becomes the ‘butt’ of a joke…
Rated: K+
Word Count: 730

Picking up the Pieces (by pbeaking)

Summary: Ben returns to the Ponderosa after a month long absence in San Francisco. He brings along a long-time family friend as a guest in the house. A warm homecoming soon turns into turmoil when Joe finds this guest a threat to his mother’s memory and Adam adds to the issues by choosing to announce his plans for the future at the most inopportune time. It is up to Ben to pick up all the pieces and reassemble his family once more.
Rated: K+
Word Count: 12,000

Picking up the Threads (by JoanS)

Summary: Ben finds it difficult to re-enter his boys’ lives after Marie’s death.
Rated: K
Word Count: 13,335

Picnic Day (by HelenA)

Summary: The cat gets the mouse or should it be, the middle brother gets the girl.
Rated: K
Word Count: 1180

Pico Pete (by JennyG)

Summary: Trouble comes in all sizes and shapes. This one is 5’5″ and tough as an old boot. A rare first person story.
Rated: T
Word Count: 13,085

Picture This (by the Giggly Sisters)

Summary: The pictures on the walls of a house tell us so much about the occupants. What do the pictures at the Ponderosa say?
Rated: K+
Word Count: 1800

Pie for Pa (by Hart4Ben)

Summary: While Hop Sing is away for a few days, Little Joe persuades Hoss to help with a surprise for their father and Adam.
Rated: K
Word Count: 3695

Pieces Trilogy (by Starlite)

Part One: One of Ben Cartwright’s sons is missing, will they ever learn what happened to him?
Rated: G
Part Two: More in the continuing saga of “Missing Pieces”.
Rated: G
Part Three: The conclusion to “Missing Pieces”.
Rated: PG
Word Count: 25,225

Piney Woods (by Frasrgrl)

Summary: Joe is on one of his regular visits to Carrie Prickett when trouble breaks out.
Rated: K+
Word Count: 2461

Pins and Needles (by patina)

Summary: Written for an SJS/JPM lover’s birthday. Going to town to get the buggy fixed and to get the mail was easy. Getting home was far more difficult.
Rated: K+
Word Count: 4189

Pitfalls (by Rona)

Summary: WHN for the episode The Trap. What did Joe and Booth say to each other in that tantalising missing scene. And what happened after that?
Rated: T
Word Count: 11,520

Plague (by SusanG)

Summary: An epidemic strikes Virginia City, and the Ponderosa.
Rated: T
Word Count: 13,280

Plain Jane (by Dodo)

Summary: Two years have passed since Alice was murdered. Joe remains convinced he will never find happiness again. But fate decides otherwise…..
Rated: T
Word Count: 38,983

Play Before Bedtime (by Terri)

Summary: After a confrontation with Adam, Joe rides away from the house and into trouble.
Rated: K+
Word Count: 2000

Playing Games (by BettyHT)

Summary: There are times when one of the Cartwright ends up playing the game of romance even when he hadn’t planned on it and didn’t want to play, but it gets even more complicated when a brother wants to play too.
Rated: T
Word Count: 3369

Playing Soldiers #1 (by Dodo)

Summary: A childhood dream becomes reality for Joe in a most unexpected way.
Rated: K+
Word Count: 27896

Playing Soldiers #2 – Never Say Never (by Dodo)

Summary: Joe’s return to the Ponderosa soon turns into a nightmare.
Rated: K+
Word Count: 20730

Playing With Fire (by Donna)

Summary: A story created as the result of Ma Hoad’s Valentine R Challenge. Joe confronts Don Miguel’s hot-tempered daughter Margarita….. and what happens surprises them both.
Rated: MA
Word Count: 2500

*Warning* This story is rated for Mature Audiences only…if you are offended by sexual content, please do not read.

Please, Not Again (by Adam31845)

Summary: A heartfelt plea as the family tries to reunite in the wake of Marie’s death.
Rated: K
Word Count: 2655

Please, Tell me a Story (by bahj)

Summary: When Adam begins to doubt his abilities his family bands together to help him keep his dreams alive.
Rated: Family Friendly
Word Count: 2200

Poem: “Tirza’s Lament” (by JoaniePaiute)

Summary: My response to the “Once Upon a Midnight Dreary” challenge of January 2017: a poem written in the Gothic style. I’m not sure Poe would approve of my attempt, but Tirza has always fascinated me, and she insisted on being part of this writing challenge.
Rated: K
Word Count: 248

Polka Dots and Tears (by BettyHT)

Summary: Delayed on a trip home from Sacramento to the point that his family searched for him, Adam suddenly appears on the Ponderosa but wounded and wearing clothing clearly not his. Joe is the one to find him but has no answers only questions for the unconscious man. A quest for answers will lead to a variety of trouble for family members.
Rated: T
Word Count: 13,797

Poltergeist (by pkmoonshine)

Summary: A cruel taunt sets off a chain of unsettling events at the Cartwright homestead. Prequel to “Poltergeist II”, but NOT part of the “Bloodlines” Series.
Rated: K+

Ponderosa Pachyderm (by patina)

Summary: A What Happened Next for Old Sheba.
Rated: K
Word Count: 4287

Ponderosa Party (by JoanS)

Summary: Ben decides to give Adam a welcome home party when he returns from college, but the preparations for it put a strain on everyone.
Rated: K
Word Count: 12,480

Ponderosa Pining (by freyakendra)

Summary: Poems written in tribute to and framed around our boys, addressing the things that make them so special to us. Rated: K
“Ponderosa Pine” — An homage to the majestic guardian of Cartwright dreams.
“Ben’s Advice” — Cherish what you have, for blessings often carry a price
“The Cartwright Brothers, Three” — A sad yet endearing tale of Adam, old and tired, returning to what isn’t quite the empty home he’d expected.
“From Sea to Saddle” — A sonnet for Adam to honor Pernell’s birthday in response to a challenge posted by Cheaux at the forums.
“To Joe” — When letters don’t suffice, Adam drafts a poem to help Joe understand why he left.

Ponderosa Tiger (by AC1830)

Summary: Adam gets into a sticky mess at Halloween. This is a fun story written for an October 2015 photo challenge. The posted picture was the challenge – what were Hoss and Joe looking at?
Rated: K
Word Count: 1000

Pony Joe (by Cheaux)

Summary: Joe, eager to find something to call his own, joins the Pony Express with Adam’s help. Aside from a passing reference to Ben’s investment in the Pony Express, this story is unrelated to the Season 7 episode Ride the Wind which was out of sync with history. The Pony Express existed for 18 months from April 1860 to October 1861 when Joe was 18.
Rated: T
Word Count: 5700

Posies (by pbeaking)

Summary: Ben has just found the very spot he wants to call home. Can he look past his fear and build his dream into a reality?
Rated: K
Word Count: 650

Power of Love (by Rona)

Summary: Joe’s lack of interest in a new girl in town sparks a barrage of intimidation and tragedy.
Rated: T
Word Count: 10,160

Power of Love #2 – At All Costs (by Rona)

Summary: A sequel to “Power of Love”. On a business trip to Sacramento, Joe encounters Bethany again. Will he survive this time?
Rated: K+
Word Count: 11,470

Practice Makes Perfect (by patina)

Summary: Marie is entering the final weeks of her pregnancy with the newest Cartwright. Will the baby’s birth go according to plan?
Rated: K
Word Count: 3699

Precious Possessions (by SusanG)

Summary: After spending twenty years in prison, has a man returned to Virginia City to exact revenge?
Rated: T
Word Count: 11,540

Prelude (by JC2)

Synopsis: Sometimes life takes a man in a direction he never intended to go.
Rated: T
Word Count: 1682

Premonition (by EPM)

Summary: Poor judgement leads to a young man’s death, and Adam and Joe are caught in the aftermath.
Rated: K+
Word Count: 13,490

Premonition (by Inca)

Summary: After sixteen-year-old Adam discovers a mysterious cave, disturbing events follow.
Rated: K
Word Count: 5940

Premonition (by pjb)

Summary: Can a man truly know when he is going to die? If that time has arrived, can anything be done to change his fate?
Rated: K+
Word Count: 7000

Premonition (by rh2006fan)

Summary: A simple day in town turns into something more than expected, as a looming sense of apprehension strikes the Cartwrights.
Rated: K+
Word Count: 5330

Prey (by freyakendra)

Summary: A dying man’s warning and a hunter anxious to target the ideal prey set Adam and Joe on a race for their lives.
Rated: T

Price of Friendship (by DebbieB)

Summary: My version of what happened next after Joe destroyed his lifelong friendship with Mitch Devlin in, Between Heaven and Earth.
Rated: G
Word Count: 3450

Pride and Ponderosa (by sandspur)

Summary: What happens when Jane Austen’s ultimate chick-fic, Pride & Prejudice, crosses into the burly, macho, he-man world of Bonanza? Confusion? Kidnappings? Crossover characters from other series like Bronco and The Big Valley? Anything can happen—and anything does!
Rated: T (Totally clean, but one description of an unseemly death)
Word Count: 86,200

Pride and Promises (by Barbara)

Summary: With an increase the boys’ workload; will it be smooth sailing or will this be the straw to break the camel’s back?
Rated: K+
Word Count: 6800

Pride Before a Fall (by JC)

Summary: A poem about what can happen when a man’s pride gets in the way of love. If the subject is a Cartwright, it’s bound to be Adam.
Rated: T
Word Count: 400

Pride Comes Before a Fall (by JoanS)

Summary: Adam prepares to apply for Harvard.
Rated: K+
Word Count: 37,050

Pride of a Woman (by Cheaux)

Summary: A WHN for Pride of a Man. Joe has one more lesson to teach.
Rated: T
Word Count: 1000

Principium (by patina)

Summary: Some men stand by their principles, even when there may be a high price to pay for it. A WHIB for Death at Dawn.
Rated: T
Word Count: 1243

Priorities (by JoanS)

Summary: A tasking mistress draws Ben away from his family. Will it take losing his family before he sets his priorities right?
Rated: K+
Word Count: 19,460

Prise au Piege (by ViveAdam)

Summary: An unexpected visit sheds light on some of the privacy of Adam.
Rated: MA
Word Count: 5500

Prisoner (by pjb)

Summary: When Little Joe is released from prison after serving two years for a crime he didn’t commit, he must fight to rebuild his life as the Cartwrights struggle to protect the bonds that hold the family close.
<strong?WARNING: Contains references to violence and sexual assault.
Rated: MA

Prisoner (by SusanG)

Summary: Accused of murder, the family appeals the conviction and sets out to prove Joe’s innocence.
Rated: T
Word Count: 52,510

Private Affairs (by jfclover)

Summary: Two bullheaded brothers, a horse race, and an unexpected outcome lead the Cartwrights in searching for answers before one of Ben’s sons is taken to the gallows.
Rated: PG
Word Count: 15,500

Private Lessons (by Gwynne)

Summary: An unconventional older woman; an exceptional young man – everybody has to learn from someone, and Adam is fortunate to find the perfect teacher.
Rated: T
Word Count: 6245

Prodigal Sons #1 (by Questfan)

Summary: Pitching brother against brother is a cruel game, but turning father against son is even better. Long buried hatred resurfaces in an unexpected way with devastating consequences for the whole family.
Rated: T
Word Count: 39,833

Prodigal Sons #2 – A Friend in Need (by Questfan)

Summary: A sequel to “Prodigal Sons” with some of the characters from that story. When Adam receives an urgent telegram, calling in a marker, he has no idea what he is riding into. A tale of brothers and the bonds that hold them together, no matter what comes against them. This story does go into OC territory, but it all ties in with our favourite family along the way.
Rated: T
Word Count: 39,542

Progress? (by Rona)

Summary: The introduction of a mowing machine causes problems for the Cartwrights.
Rated: T
Word Count: 5205

Promises (by Tauna Petit-Strawn)

Summary: Adam made a promise he never really thought about during his college days. Now…he finds himself facing one fact…he has a promise to fulfill.
Rated: T
Word Count: 14,500

Promises to Keep (by jfclover)

Summary: Ben Cartwright was an intelligent man. If a situation arose, he was generally able to pinpoint the source of the problem and come up with a sensible resolution. He’d built the Ponderosa on guts and determination alone. He’d raised three fine sons, and he wanted the best for each of them but under trying circumstances, would he choose to ignore the wishes of others and act alone? Could a concerned father’s decisions alienate one of his own?
Rated: M
Word Count: 49,800

Promises to Keep (by SusanG)

Summary: Rustler strike the ranches around Virginia City, leaving one family grieving and a second worried they too might lose a loved one.
Rated: T
Word Count: 25,550

Proof of a Man (by Bakerj)

Summary: For most of the family the affair of Adah Menkin and John C Reagan has been forgotten and left behind, but they are about to realise that for one, this is not the case.
Rated: T (some language and violence)
strong>Word Count: 7048

Protective Custody (by Rona)

Summary: Joe witnesses a bank robbery, but he is treated more like a suspect than a witness. Can Adam and Hoss get to the bottom of what is going on before it costs Joe his life?
Rated: T
Word Count: 9455

Protective Urges (by Rona)

Summary: A series of mishaps and an illness show the Cartwrights that it’s not just Ben who has protective urges.
Rated: T
Word Count: 11,425

Proud (by pjb)

Summary: A WHN for The Quest. Adam is taken aback by his reaction to Joe’s success with the Sun Mountain Mining Company contract.
Rated: K+
Word Count: 8300

Proud (by storm)

Summary: This is my story for the May challenge.
Rated: K+
Word Count: 700

Providence (by Questfan)

Summary: When Joe returns home with a child that he claims is his, the story is not quite what anyone expects.
Rated: T
Word Count: 14,709

Prudence and the Frog (by JoaniePaiute)

Summary: What girl wouldn’t be distracted by Adam Cartwright’s presence in church? Shy, reserved Prudence Dane is no exception. Enter little Bobby, a baby frog, and…well, the devil makes her do it.
Rated: K
Word Count: 1250

Purgatory (by freyakendra)

Summary: After Joe is attacked by Apaches in an incident that threatens a fragile peace, he is left hanging somewhere between life and death, between Heaven and Hell, and, more importantly, between Army soldiers and Apache warriors on the verge of war. How long must his family watch before the risk of waiting outweighs the risk of action? With Ben facing the ultimate sacrifice, Adam drawn into a fight to the death, Hoss preparing for the worst, and Joe praying for the unthinkable, this is a tale of strength, courage and the limits of human endurance.
Rated: T
Word Count: 9600

Purls of Wisdom (by Cheaux)

Summary: One man’s trash is another’s treasure. Written for the Dan Blocker 2012 Birthday Challenge
Rated: K
Word Count: 800

Puzzled (by Barbara)

Summary: A quiet evening at home with Ben and the boys results in a scolding for Joe, frustration for Adam, aggravation for Ben and satisfaction for Hoss.
Rated: T
Word Count: 2160


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