A violent storm, a frightened mare, and the matter of his homecoming. My entry for the 2021 ‘Man in Black’ challenge.
Word count: 10,999
Summary: Adah Menken and John C. Regan return to Virginia City stirring up old emotions and creating new trouble for the Cartwrights.
Rated PG-13 for western brutality, violence and adult situations
Word count: 55, 282
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?
Word count 20,990
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.
Summary: Two years after he was bushwhacked, Joe Cartwright returns to Lone Pines and the Griswolds’ spread. Though he intends to stay for one night, circumstances beyond his control compel him to change his plans. Something is terribly wrong, and he is bound and determined to set it right – even if it it costs him his life. Slightly AU in that the eps ‘Forever’ never happened.
Word count: 66, 499
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
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
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
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.
Word count: 20,692