A somewhat AU What Happened Instead for The First Born. While New Orleans had brought Marie into Ben’s life, it was also a breeding ground for lies, whispered rumours, family disputes and long-held hatred. It has long been said that revenge is a dish that is best served cold.
Word Count: 63028
SUMMARY: Caught in an ambush, three brothers have a chance to show what’s in their hearts and take on different roles than the usual. The outlaws aren’t going to be easily defeated and rescue isn’t as near as they hoped.
Rating: T Word count = 6282
SUMMARY: On a trip to catch mustangs, Adam learns about breaking horses from an unlikely source. This is an expansion of a Sourdough challenge from Bonanza Trailriders. Edited in a second Mustang Sally story based on a Pinecone challenge from Brand — McTeague.
Rating: PG Word count = 2215
Summary: Cattle are being eaten, and their picked-clean skeletons are being deposited near the lake, but when the Cartwrights investigate, they find a lot more than they ever bargained for … and the effects will last forever.
Rating: T (20,000 words)
SUMMARY: In Yuma, while attempting to fix a mistake that Joe made, Adam makes one far worse and with greater consequences for his future. Eventually his family will be drawn into it too and with lessons learned, they will face the problems. Edited in a second story, Yuma, Lost and Found — it is a companion piece to the first part with the story told from Anne’s POV.
Rating = T Word count = 44,158
SUMMARY: The third story in the Confederacy of Dunces series, this story takes the family on a dangerous ride. Gunmen want to make a reputation by gunning down the fastest Cartwright, but he’s not willing to fight. They decide on a way to draw him out while another brother faces personal tragedy that makes him examine what he’s doing with his life.
Rating: T Word count: 12,774
A Confederacy of Dunces Series, links to all the stories within the series included.
Summary: Caught in flash flood Little Joe loses his family and memory. After months of searching, Ben is forced to accept he is gone for good. Can Joe find his way back to his family, or will the man who rescued him but has his own reason for keeping him, succeed?
Rating T: some language and violence. Word Count: 21,465
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, many years later, under trying circumstances.
Rating: T Word Count: 14,878
Summary: After six years away, Adam is on his way home. But events conspire against him to delay his long anticipated return, and he finds himself up to his eyes in a plight that threatens both his life and those around him. With his father and brothers one step behind, will they be able to reach him in time to bring him home to the Ponderosa.
Rated: T (49,558 words)