Summary: The Triangle episode has always bothered me. It showed an upbeat Adam who was always chipper and jolly. Yet he’d been seriously injured, and was not having optimal outcomes when it came to walking again. He would certainly have gone through some very dark times while considering his future in a wheel chair. In addition, he had to have felt Laura’s coolness and emotional absence, since she loved Will. This is my personal adaptation of that episode with a little backstory. It is a realistic and gritty look at the likely medical outcomes of the fall; the emotional battles Adam would have faced, and the power of brotherly love.
Word Count: 17425
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
Synopsis: Afraid that some day he’ll lose his father or brothers, Little Joe feels he needs photographs of his family to help keep his memories alive. But trying to convince his family to take time off to get their pictures taken proves difficult. It takes a tragedy for Ben to realize how important the Photograph really is.
Summary: A WHIB for the episode The Honor of Cochise. What was happening back at the camp while Ben was riding as fast as he could to Fort Barry? Read, and find out.
Rated: T (a strong T for racism, gore, and minor bad language)
Word Count: 1,313
Synopsis: Escape to the Ponderosa a What Happened Next Story. What would have happened if the army deserts/escapees had not made it tp Netta’s ranch… and instead had managed to get back to the Ponderosa?
Summary: To help Adam’s friend George, Little Joe has impulsively boarded a ship for Boston. Now it’s up to Adam to chase him down and bring him home.
Rating: K (97,504 words)
Links to the stories in this series are included within.
Summary: Ben’s presence with his family is sporadic and brief. Adam is feeling frazzled with running the ranch and caring for his brothers. Hop Sing is holding his breath wondering if the family can ever be the same, and Little Joe has heard something in town that his very young heart believes, despite all evidence to the contrary. (A prequel)
Word Count: 9990
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