Posted in Ben Cartwright Drama Prequel

His Father’s Arms (by mcfair_58)

Summary: Written in honor of Lorne Green’s birthday, 2021.  A stand-off at the bank reveals what’s truly important to Ben Cartwright.

Rated: PG

Word count: 4088

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The Remarkable Tin Soldier (by McFair_58)

Summary:  Remembrance of Christmas Past

Rating:  G   7,950 words

Note:  This story was written for the Bonanza Brand 2020 Advent Calendar, originated in the Forums.

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Posted in Action/Adventure Drama Hurt/Comfort Joe/Pa Prequel

Going Home (by mcfair_58)

Summary: It is 1847 and such a winter had never been seen!  Snowstorms and squalls.  Sleet and ice.  Winds so ferocious they built drifts high as a man.  Driven by a need to escape the memory of his late wife, Ben Cartwright ventures out into a frozen landscape and becomes lost.  As he seeks a way to survive, he has no way of knowing that another member of the family has become lost as well.  Will the killer snow claim two Cartwright lives?
Rated PG
Word count 20,990

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Posted in Humor Writing Challenges

Never Frighten the Cat – Little Joe’s Wardrobe Challenge (McFair_58)

Summary: Ben comes home to a comic crisis creating by who else – his youngest son!  Can he help him before the boy is buried alive? 

Word count: 1746
Rated: G

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Posted in Action/Adventure Drama Prequel What Happened Before

The Cavalry Is Coming (by McFair_58)

Summary: A prequel to ‘A Rose for Lotta’. Ben Cartwright’s meeting with Alpheus Troy and the other mine owners did not go well. They want his timber and he won’t give it to them. The rancher knows Troy will do whatever it takes to keep his mine running, and when he arrives home to find out sixteen-year-old Little Joe is missing, he fears the worst.

Word Count: 19871
Rated PG-13 for typical Western violence 

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I’ll See You Outside (by McFair_58)

Summary: A What Happens Next for ‘The Magnificent Adah’.  As Hoss finishes one last beer, Little Joe heads outside to saddle Cochise and wait for him – little knowing the deadly danger that lurks in the dark.
Rated: PG-13 for brutality, violence, and graphic images
Word count: 14770

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The Frail Branch (by McFair_58)

Summary: A tale for our times.  17 year old Adam Cartwright is sure he’s up to taking care of his two younger brothers while his Pa and Marie head into town.  And he would have been, had an unseen and deadly enemy not come to call. 

Rated PG-13
Word count: 20,692

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Difficult Roads (by McFair_58)

Summary: Ben Cartwright’s young sons are under threat. Could a secret long buried be the reason? And if so, just whose secret is it?

Word Count: 66,559

Rated PG-13 for racial slurs and western style brutality and violence

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A Different Kind of Desert (by McFair_58)

Summary: Fifteen-year-old Joe Cartwright dropped his gaze to the vast forest before him with its tall pines, low bushes, and tangled undergrowth – all of them buried in three to four foot high drifts. He was alone. All around him was silence and snow. Winter was a whole different kind of desert.
Rated: PG-13 for mild language and Western violence and brutality
Word count: 20,913

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A Man That Studieth Revenge (McFair_58)

Summary:  A WHB & WHN for ‘The Last Haircut’, ‘Marie, My Love’, and ‘The Hayburner’ with a nod to ‘The Truckee Strip’ and ‘The Crucible’. Everyone in Virginia City knew Duke Miller had gotten away with murder, but there were few who knew he had done it before. At the heart of his hate lay one man and but a single goal: the complete and total destruction of Joe Cartwright.

Rated PG-13 for Western brutality and lots of angst and SJS

Word count: 72,114

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