Posted in Family What Happened Instead

Taming the Spitfire (by pjb)

Summary: A WHI for The Spitfire. When Joe brings Willow back to the Ponderosa, only one person understands what’s really happening. Rating: PG Word count: 4,380 words

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Posted in Action/Adventure Joe Cartwright Romance What Happened Instead

To Live or To Die (by millieshepherd)

Summary: Shelia Johnson, Little Joe Cartwright’s fiancée, gets captured and held hostage by the Lassiters. A WHI for Five Sundowns to Sunup.

Rating: T

Word Count: 10,268

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Posted in Adam Cartwright What Happened Instead

My Boy (by Annie K Cowgirl)

Summary: My boy was late. He was never late. A different POV for the episode “Elizabeth, My Love”.

Rating: K

Word Count: 1,057

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Posted in Brothers Drama Hurt/Comfort What Happened Instead Writing Challenges

The Circumstance of His Return (by McFair_58)

A violent storm, a frightened mare, and the matter of his homecoming.  My entry for the 2021 ‘Man in Black’ challenge.  
Rated: PG
Word count: 10,999

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Posted in Alternate Universe Drama Hoss/Pa What Happened Instead

Always One More (by BettyHT)

Summary:  A What Happened Instead for The Decision.  What if the doctor wasn’t able to do the surgery?  Ben recalls conversations he has had with Hoss and the best of his middle son’s attributes.
Rating: PG  Word count: 1243

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Posted in Drama Hurt/Comfort Joe Cartwright Short Stories What Happened Instead What Happened Next/Later

Please Don’t Go (by Annie K Cowgirl)

Summary: “I’d never thought much about my own death, but on the rare occasions that I did, I’d always imagined I’d be surrounded by my family when my time came. Now, as I watched Hoss ride away, I knew I wouldn’t even be afforded that luxury.” An extended/AU scene from the episode “Second Chance” Joe’s POV.

Rated: T (for mild language)
Word Count: 920

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Posted in Adam Cartwright What Happened Instead

Broken Ballad – The Last Gunfight (by AC1830)

Summary: What if the final gunfight that killed Ed Payson took a different turn and set the main players on different paths? A WHI for Broken Ballad. 

Rating: T, Word Count: 2676

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Posted in Alternate Universe Drama Hoss Cartwright What Happened Instead

Sunday School Lessons, and Surprise (by BettyHT)

Summary:  Hoss gets a job teaching unruly boys in Sunday School, but his best student or at least the one most affected by his teaching is not in his class.  There are beneficial unintended consequences no one could have predicted.

Rating = PG  Word count = 2674

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Posted in Adam Cartwright Drama Humor Mystery What Happened Instead

The Search (by Monette)

Summary: Adam is accused of things he didn’t do. When he finds a strange message left behind in Virginia City, he starts out on a quest to save his identity.

Rating PG.  Word count 14,248

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Posted in Alternate Universe Drama Hoss Cartwright Romance What Happened Instead

Broken Bonds (by BettyHT)

SUMMARY:  The story is the WHI for She Walks In Beauty to answer the question of what might have happened if Regan stayed and she and Hoss married.  That decision would not only affect her and Hoss but Adam and the rest of the family as well.  Here is one version of what those effects might be.

Rating = T  Word Count = 33,467

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