Posted in Drama Hurt/Comfort Prequel What Happened Next/Later

When Lies Wound a Broken Heart (by Missjudy)

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)

Rating: K

Word Count: 9990

Read More... When Lies Wound a Broken Heart (by Missjudy)
Posted in Drama Hurt/Comfort Prequel

A Different Kind of Desert (by McFair)

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

Read More... A Different Kind of Desert (by McFair)
Posted in Drama Prequel What Happened Before What Happened Next/Later

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

Read More... A Man That Studieth Revenge (mcfair_58)
Posted in Drama Hurt/Comfort Prequel Short Stories

Let’s Stay Together (by Annie K Cowgirl)

Summary: A thunderstorm brings two brothers together. Pre-series story.

Rating: K

Word count: 897

Read More... Let’s Stay Together (by Annie K Cowgirl)
Posted in Prequel

The Duet (by DJK)

Summary: Adam cannot avoid singing a duet on Christmas Eve, and Hoss cannot avoid a damsel in distress.

rating K words: 1158

Read More... The Duet (by DJK)
Posted in Drama Prequel Writing Challenges

A Thawing Heart (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: An old cowpoke went riding out one bright and snow-filled day, and found something he didn’t know he was missing.

Rating: G
Word Count: 1,115

Read More... A Thawing Heart (by BluewindFarm)
Posted in Prequel Writing Challenges

The Christmas Tree Surprise (by wx4rmk)

Summary: Ben sets out to surprise his sons at Christmas. However, when things take a turn for the worst, Ben does something he has failed to do in a long time.

Rating: G
Word Count: 1,000

Read More... The Christmas Tree Surprise (by wx4rmk)
Posted in Prequel Short Stories

Christmas Spirit (by AC1830)

Summary: Little Joe learns something special about Christmas, with the help of his brothers.

Rating: T, WC 947

Read More... Christmas Spirit (by AC1830)
Posted in Drama Prequel What Happened Next/Later

Moments – A Brother’s Decision (by Missjudy)

Summary: Moments is my new series of stories taking a look at situations that affected the Cartwrights deeply and personally. In this one, we see how something learned in the midst of a decision Adam had to make when he and  Hoss were younger, sheds light on a a question posed in a canon episode. Part 1 is a prequel called October Snow, describing the events as youngsters. Part 2 is entitled Hard Decisions and has Hoss recalling that memory to help his father and brother  understand Adam’s decision in a “what happens during” scene from a familiar episode. Each of the Moments stories are separate with no need to read others in the same series to understand.

Rating: G  Word Count: 9858

Read More... Moments – A Brother’s Decision (by Missjudy)
Posted in Drama Prequel

Camping Trip (by Arien)

Summary: The brothers go camping, and there’s nothing better than telling a ‘ghost story’ around a camp fire, unless you try to tell the tale with these brothers.

Rating: G (1,220 words)

Read More... Camping Trip (by Arien)