Stories by Title R

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Race Against Time (by JoanS)

Summary: The Cartwrights battle to save Joe’s life when his foot becomes trapped in between railway lines.
Rated: K (10,950 words)

Rainbow (by Krystyna)

Summary:  Hoss comes across two little boys when seeking shelter from the rain…and somehow they just got to talking about the rain, a flood, an ark and a rainbow.
Rating:  K  (4,900 words)

Raising the Stakes (by Wrangler)

Summary:  Joe sits down at a high-stakes poker table and gambles with something he can’t afford to lose.
Rated T  WC 19,000

Random Acts (by EPM)

Summary:  SJS for Devonshire: When I was asked to participate in this special project, I hadn’t written any Bonanza since 2007 except for finishing a piece when Mr. Roberts died. I hope she and others enjoy this story.
Rating:  T  (4,000 words)

Rattlesnake — aka After the Gunfight (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: A gunfight and the resulting collateral damage. Two versions of the same story.
(1,845 words) Rating: T

Read This Story Because Joe Suffers a Lot (by lminzer)

Summary:  SJS for Devonshire: Poor Joe suffers greatly at the hands of cruel kidnappers, all to satisfy the twisted desires of a demented person. Will his pa save him in time to get a JPM before dinner?
Rated: T  WC 5300

Reading, Writing, and Reeling (by the Giggly Sisters)

Summary: The Cartwrights are marvelous dancers. Who on earth taught them?
Rating: K+ WC 1700

Recipe for Disaster (by patina)

Summary: Joe finds a mysterious apple pie recipe with directions that must be followed.
Rating: K+  Word Count=6396

Reckoning (by dbird)

Summary: Adam tells a story of redemption and loss, while Little Joe lingers between life and death. A WHN story for the episode “The Tin Badge” –
Rated: K+ (7,680 words)

Recollections of a Hairpiece (by Lily of the West)

Summary: an uncredited member of the Bonanza Cast finally gets to tell his story
Rated: K+ (1,105 words)

Red Night #1 (by BettyHT)

Summary:  There’s murder and mayhem in Virginia City and the limited evidence points toward an unlikely suspect.  The gruesome deeds occur off scene for it is the aftermath that matters most.
rating = T. word count = 7497

Red Night #2 – I’m Telling You Now (by BettyHT)

Summary:  This is the sequel to Red Night that can probably stand alone but may read more easily if you have read the first story.  Answers to the questions left hanging in the first story are woven into this one which is about five years later.
Rating = T   word count = 18,147

Red Night #3 – Understanding (by BettyHT)

Summary:  This story continues the saga that began with Red Night and continued with I’m Telling You Now. It is several years later and Adam has sent a message that he will be visiting the Ponderosa. There are many questions his family has for him and they would like answers such as what has happened to his marriage and why is he traveling so much. Jamie figures prominently in this story.
rating = T  word count = 27,250

Red Night #4 – Firsts

Summary: A lighthearted story to wrap up some of the story lines that began in Understanding. Issues of adoption and attachment as well as relationships in a marriage marred by tragedy and emotional turmoil are addressed but in an upbeat way and with humor in some parts.
rating = T word count = 10,049

Red Series #1 – Little Lady in Red (by DJK)

Summary:  Most people would bet that one female could never lead all three of Ben Cartwright’s boys astray, but Little Joe is ready to tell how one did.
Rated: K+  Word count: 7515

Red Series #2 – Seeing Red (by DJK)

Summary:  Once again Red and Little Joe manage to place all three of Ben Cartwright’s sons in his bad books.
Rated: T

Red Series #3 – Rolling Up the Red Carpet (by DJK)

Summary:  Red once again has the Cartwright brothers plotting, but this time they join the conspiracy willingly.
Rated: K+  Word count: 9904

Redemption (by EPM)

Summary: A tragic fire brings about a crisis of trust and faith.
Rated: T (6,925 words)

Redemption #1 – Poisoned (by Hart4Ben)

Summary: A brief stop to do some fishing on the way home from a business trip could be potentially deadly for Hoss.
Rating: T  Word Count: 8039

Redemption #2 – Redemption (by Hart4Ben)

Summary: Having rescued Sally Nelson from a deplorable situation, Hoss and his family must help her determine her future.
Rating: T  Word Count:  14,634

Redemption #3 – Atonement (by Hart4Ben)

Summary:  Many in Virginia City are passing judgment on Hoss and Sally without knowing all the facts. The Cartwright family has been struggling for months dealing with the fallout from their marriage. Hoss determines something has to change.
Rating: K+  Word Count: 2,445

Redemption (by Questfan) 

Summary: My entry for BoNaNo 2018 as well as the Crossover Challenge. After a chance encounter in his youth, Joe meets up with the man again under trying circumstances.
Rating: T Word Count: 14,309

Reflections (by Claire)

Summary: A WHN to The Stillness Within. Adam returns home after learning of Joe’s accident and subsequent blindness.
Rated: K (4,790 words)

Reflections (by EPM)

Summary: earning to trust love comes hard to the eldest Cartwright son.
Rated: T (14,220 words)

Reflections (by Hart4Ben)

Summary: A series of episode based reflections and life lessons by the Cartwrights.
Rating: T  Word Count: 1202

Reflections of My Father (by DebbieB)

Summary:  Not yet sleepy, Joe sits down at his desk and pens a few thoughts he’s had buzzing around in his head all day.
Rated:  G (3,250 words)

Reflections on a Gentle Soul (by patina)

Summary:  Three short WHIB scenes for Vengeance written for the November fanfic challenge.
Rating: K WC 2500

Reflections on Killing his Friend (by pjb)

Summary:  A WHN for “A Far, Far Better Thing.”  In the quiet of a moonlit night, two brothers reflect on loyalty, loss, and the love that binds some people together.
Rated:  K+ WC 1700

Reflections Under a Starry Sky (by Dodo)

Summary: A combined WHN for The Legacy and Decision at Los Roblos.
Rated: K+ Word Count: 13508

Refuge (by BettyHT)

SUMMARY: Adam is back, but will he stay, and what happened to him while he was gone that he won’t talk about? His family has more questions than answers, but Adam isn’t one to talk until he’s ready or has no choice.
rating = T word count = 26,557

Relative Values (by Claire)

Summary:  A comedy of manners. Cousin Clarissa’s visits to the Ponderosa were never without incident.
Rated: K+ (5,317 words)

Relatively Festive (by Claire)

Summary: There is nothing quite like a family Christmas.
Rated: K+ (5,775 words)

Relatively Peaceful (by Claire)

Summary:  When Cousin Clarissa returns, she encounters an unexpected adversary.
Rated: K+ (4,505 words)

Relatives and Reasons (by DJK)

Summary:  In an effort to convince Will to stay, memories are stirred like the embers of a dying fire.
Rating:   (27,050 words)

Remember (by Lily of the West)

Summary: a tender father/son moment between Adam and Ben
Rated: K+ (770 words)

Remember the Breaking #1 (by DJK)

Summary:  Little Joe learns the story of Adam’s first engagement.
Rated: K+ Word count:  1966

Remember the Breaking #2 – Mending the Break (by DJK)

Summary:  A sequel to Remember the Breaking – a story of Adam’s first engagement.
Rating:  K+  (19,170 words)

Remembering (by DJK)

Summary: Little Joe remembers another side of his elder brother.  Also, a bonus poem about remembering.
Rated: K+  Word count: 1196

Remembering the Barn Elf (by DJK)

Summary:  Written for the 2016 Bonanza Brand Advent Calendar.
Rating:  K (1,300 words)

Remembering You (by Wrangler)

Summary:  This story was written to finally explain the death of Hoss Cartwright. In her mind at the time, the author felt it should be addressed, since the television show chose not to explain the absence of that very pivotal character. You will probably be able to spot the lack of mangling, but, hopefully will like this peek back to where it all began.
Rated:  T  WC 11,000

Renegade Star (by lminzer)

Summary: Joe struggles to cope with confusing feelings of hurt and anger after older brother Adam leaves the Ponderosa.
Rated: K  WC 7300

Renewal (by DebbieB)

Summary:  When Joe becomes sick with cholera and his life slowly begins ebbing away, Ben’s faith is put to the test.
Rated:  G (8,690 words)

Repent at Leisure (by Questfan)

Summary:  When Joe and Mitch befriend two orphaned boys and try to help them, Ben has no idea where this new friendship will lead his youngest son. It would actually prove to be Ben’s spur-of-the-moment decision that would lead to disaster. All parents have acted in haste and he just prays he has time to set things right again.
Rating:  T   Word Count: 60,173

Requeil de poems bonanzesques (by ViveAdam)

Summary: Quelques poèmes pour chanter nos héros de Bonanza
WC 3000

Requiem (by Wrangler)

Summary: Joe’s life is at risk when a man chooses to use him as a pawn in a twist sense of revenge.
Rated T WC  35,000

Rescuing the Stillness (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  WHN for The Stillness Within.  Was it really that easy to understand and accept?
Rating:  K  (905 words)

Resolution from Despair (by Rona)

Summary: A WHN for the episode Shanklin, tying up some of those loose ends.
(10,215 words)  Rated: T

Respect (by Patina)

Summary:   Respect–young men want it but have to earn it.
Rating:  K+    Word Count:  1,518

Responsibility (by Inca)

Summary:  When Joe’s irresponsible behavior lands him in trouble, he decides it’s time to sort out his own problems without the help of his family. But he soon finds himself in much deeper than he’d intended, and his life hanging by a thread.
Rated: T  WC 14,000

Responsibility (by Mamse5)

Summary:  Adam finds himself on the trail, injured and alone. But is he really alone or is someone depending on him.
Rated: K+  WC 5800

Restitution (by Barbara)

Summary:  Tragedy during a camping trip affects two families; why does Hoss feel he has to make restitution?
Rating:  K  (7,400 words)

Restitution’s Reward (by DebbieB)

Summary:  Little Joe is knee deep in debt.  Can he pay the price?
Rated: G (17,820 words)

Restoring the Heart of the Ponderosa – Part One (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: Circumstances bitter Adam’s homecoming, setting him and his family on a personal quest to restore the heart of the Ponderosa.
(46,330 words) Rating: T   There are references to a subject of a sensitive manner; however, no such acts occur within this story.

Restoring the Heart of the Ponderosa – Part Two (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: A continuation of Restoring the Heart of the Ponderosa. The family looks forward to life returning to normal, but find they have a rocky road to travel as nightmares from the past intrude.
Rating: T (55,125 words)  This story references a subject of a sensitive nature; however, no such actions occur within this story.

Return to Eastgate – A REALLY Lost Episode (by Robin)

Summary:  Ben should have remembered.  A what happened later for The Crucible.
Rating:  T  (4,200 words)

Returning the Favour (by Dodo)

Summary: This is a ‘Death of a Cartwright’ challenge story. Be warned!
Rated: K+ Word Count: 1628

Reunion (by BettyHT)

Summary:  A prequel that is an alternate reality in which Adam was taken by Indians in the attack that cost Inger her life and eventually is reunited with his family, but the reunion is rocky. Edited version of a previously published story.
Rating = T  WC = 54,773

Reunions (by Miss Judy)

Summary: A story of Cartwright family love:   When Adam refuses to fight for his life…or his limb…after his Mountain of the Dead experience, (The Savage) Hoss and Joe return to the camp where they found him and figure out what really happened there. Hoss confirms that Ruth was real, but in following Adam’s journey, he also finds truths his older brother couldn’t see.
Twelve years later, Adam is a happy husband and father living in Boston at the time he travels to San Francisco where he meets his father and brothers there for a reunion. Another “unexpected” reunion sheds more light on the past.
Rating: T  Word Count: 22,384

Revelation (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  When a man rescues one of Ben Cartwright’s sons not once, but twice; the stranger brings huge implications for the family. Will it bring them together or tear them apart?
(61,135 words) Rating: Teen+ for mild language, violence, and mild adult situations

Revelations (by BettyHT)

Summary:  It’s December of 1864 and Joe is conscripted, but Adam goes in his place.  It is a tumultuous ten months and that scripture reading that seemed so ominous seems to come true.  This is my NaNo novel for 2015 and just barely made the minimum number of words at 53,434 and that’s why there’s that little romance at the end. It’s a little lightness too in a story that has a lot of darkness in it.
Rating = T  (53,465 words)

Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold (by Laura Brodie)

Summary: Joe dances with the devil as he comes up against a man who is nothing but evil. Joe fights crossing over to the dark-side in order to best the man at his own game.
WC 149,000 Rating R

Revenge is Bitter (by Bonanzaluver)

Summary: A WHN to “Vengeance”. Red Twilight awaits trial for nearly killing Hoss when the judge that is supposed to come to Virginia City is delayed. Will Joe be able to control his hatred for the man who almost took the life of his brother?
Rated: K+ (5,210 words)

Revenge of The Smiler (by SusanG)

Summary:  A WHN for the episode, The Smiler.
Rating:  T   (1,925 words)

Revenge of the Stranger (by HelenB)

Summary:   A  WHN for the episode, The Stranger
Rating:  T   (9,775 words)

Revenge…May the Best Man Win (by bahj)

Summary: One wants to teach a lesson, one wants revenge, one just wants some peace quiet. With the three high spirited Cartwright boys home alone for the weekend anything can happen. Which one will come out on top?
Rated: Family Friendly / Word count: 10,300

Ride of Destiny (by faust)

Summary: Adam’s fate is sealed. Written for the Pinecone Challenge. The first sentence was given and had to be developed into a story. This is the slightly polished version.
650 words, rated K

Rider Coming! (by Harper)

Summary: Joe can’t help showing off, carrying the mail for the pony Express. But he’d never do it if Pa were watching….A missing scene for “Ride the Wind.”
Rated: K+ (1,850 words)

Riding on Faith (by southplains)

Summary:  WHN for ‘The Ride’ – a story of faith, hope, and thanksgiving. One of the Cartwrights has vanished and it appears that he is lost for good. Can the remaining family members accept the loss and learn to go on without him?
Rated: T  WC 21,700

Rien d’Autre qu’une Aventure (by ViveAdam)

Summary: A Rose for Lotta told by each of the protagonists … and we learn a bit more than in the episode
Rated: MA WC 21,200

Right is the Third Left (by JC2)

Summary: He may be retired, but to his fans Jack Richards will always be Alex Carver, the most drop dead gorgeous cowboy to ever roam the Badlands…
Rating K  (2583 words)

Right Where He’s Supposed to Be (by freyakendra)

Summary:  When tragedy strikes twice in as many months, the Cartwrights discover that the strength of love, the bonds of family and the sense of wholeness can truly transcend mere mortality.
Rated: K+  WC  9000

Rim Rock Station (by Susan G)

Summary:  With the Paiutes on the warpath, Ben, Adam, Little Joe lead an Army patrol to cover.
Rating:  T   (11,200 words)

Ring of Memories (by storm)

Summary:   This is my story for the January challenge.
Rated: K+  WC 1000

Riot! (What Happened Instead) by Cartwright Girl)

Summary:  A complete rewrite/extension of “Riot!”- Season 14, Episode 5 (or Episode 419).  When Adam arrives at the Nevada State Prison for a routine inspection, he is taken hostage by desperate inmates who are ready to change the prison’s abusive conditions by any means necessary, even murder. Outside the prison walls, Joe and Candy work together to end the riot and save Adam.  While trapped, Adam meets Griff King, a young covict who enlightens Adam about the corruption found at the prison.
Rating:  T  WC  15,000

RIP Mr. Cartwright (by mumu74)

Summary: To Kill A Cartwright “November Challenge” Rip Mr Cartwright
Rating: T (741 words)

Riptide (by Cheaux)

Summary: The premise for this writing challenge was the prompt: Adam is worried about an absent friend.
WC  2300  Rating:  T

Rising to the Challenge (by the Tahoe Ladies)

Summary:  There’s a fight, but which brother wins?
Rating:  T  (785 words)

Rites of Passage (by BettyHT)

Summary:  In this prequel, Little Joe is moving from childhood to adulthood and has mixed feelings about how to react to his older brother who is facing the task of how to fit back into the ranch he left as a boy to go to college but returned as a man who is still the boss’ son.
rating = T  (WC = 14,378)

Rocky Road to California (by DJK)

Summary:  A prequel giving insight to a family tradition during Advent, and a bargain made.
Rating  G  (1,540 words)

Roll, Jenny, Roll (by JoaniePaiute)

Summary:  A lively folk song provides the framework for a closer look at Ben Cartwright’s loves…including a brief crush he had as a 15-year-old.
Rated:K+  WC 2800

Rolling Stone aka A Perfect Christmas Eve (by puppycuddles)

Summary:  When it comes to Little Joe and girls, it is a perfect Christmas Eve.
Rating:  G  (2,170 words)

Roots and Wings (by Visage)

Summary:  Hoss turns to a trusted friend for advice when Adam is due home from College.  Prequel.
Rating: G  (1,245 words)

Roping a Dolphin (by Lilbuddie)

Summary:  Young Joe arrives in Boston to visit Adam but finds instead a confused housekeeper and a large sum of money.  Excitedly Joe leaves for an adventure in Paris where he believes Adam awaits him, but his ship sinks off the coast of France… Thus begins a frantic search for Joe in which a world famous writer will be host to all the Cartwrights.
Rated: K+ (34,080 words)

Rosalie Series #1 – Four Corners, #2 – Dreams, #3 – Turbulence and Trouble (by BettyHT)

Summary:  The story starts with a horse race as the three Cartwright brothers take on a challenge, but the story continues with romances, tragedy, heartache, an abduction that takes Adam to Australia, and troubles at home until all the issues can be resolved
Rating = T    WC = 81,104

Rosalie Series #4 – Date Night (by BettyHT)

Summary:  Adam hopes to have a wonderful night with a special lady in this light romantic story.
(2,365 words)  Rating = T

Rosalie Series #5 – Witch’s Sham (by BettyHT)

Summary:  A family moves into the Virginia City area intent on causing trouble that will allow them to gain riches or so they believe. They do everything that they can to make that come true, but when they attack Adam Cartwright, things don’t work out the way that they hoped because they find that you can’t win when you come up against the Cartwright family.
rating = T   WC = 23,554

Rough Justice (by dbird)

Summary: Justice proves dangerous when the Cartwrights are caught between vigilantes and a new sheriff in Virginia City.
Rated: T (8,780 words)

Ruby Lips and White Satin (by freyakendra)

Summary:  After Adam and Joe take an early spring ride up into the mountains, Joe comes home alone with fragmented memories and a haunting fear that Adam might never come home at all. A story told in two voices: Joe’s and Adam’s.
Rated: T  WC  24,000

Rumor Has It… (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: What happens when Adam and Joe have time to kill until the stage arrives? A Chaps & Spurs Challenge inspired story.
(1,030 words) Rating: K+

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