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The Ultimate Wound (by mcfair_58)

Summary: As Ben Cartwright seeks to comfort Little Joe after he is forced to kill his childhood friend, Sharp Tongue, the older man recalls the curious circumstances that brought the two boys, Indian and white,  together – circumstances that threatened his young son’s life then as surely as now. A WHN/WHI for season six’s ‘The Far Far Better Thing’.

Rated PG-13 for Western violence and brutality
Word count: 29,541

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Bittersweet (mcfair_58)

Summary: It is October, a time of looking back and giving thanks for a harvest of blessings.  For Joe Cartwright, this is impossible.  The autumn marks one year since he lost his beloved brother, Hoss. Needing to escape, Joe heads out to visit to Carrie Pickett.  He never makes it.  Instead, Joe finds himself lost and alone and badly injured. Half-dead, he works his way toward a plume of smoke rising in the distance.  Little does Joe suspect that what he finds at the end of his journey will change his life forever.

Word count: 22,401

Rated PG

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The Witness Tree (by AC1830)

Summary:  Adam has been back from college for a few months but is having a hard time settling in with the ranch hands and his brothers. Through the wisdom of his father he learns some lessons about being a boss and a brother. A What-Happens-Years-Before the episode The Grand Swing.

Rating – K+, WC – 9978

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Passions and Dreams (by AC1830)

Summary – Adam Cartwright and Lotta Crabtree were supposed to be strangers when her carriage broke down on the Ponderosa, but something in their demeanor seemed to say otherwise.  Based on the episode A Rose for Lotta. Dialogue in the last chapter is from the episode written by David Dortort.

Rating – T

Word Count – 7909

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The Best Proof of Love (by mcfair_58)

Summary: This piece is a WHN and WHB for season thirteen’s ‘Bushwhacked!’.  Even as a child I was troubled by Joe’s fever dream image of his beloved brother Hoss pulling out a pistol and shooting him.  I have read a lot of fan fiction’s based on Bushwhacked and though a few have tackled the issue, none have to my satisfaction.

This is my idea of how and why Joe might have thought his big brother was trying to kill him. 

Rated PG-13 for angst, some violence, and vile characters
Word count: 13,660

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Bring Marie (by McFair_58)

Summary: A WHB or prequel to ‘Between Heaven and Earth.’ Have you ever wondered what happened when Little Joe climbed Eagle’s Nest as a five year old boy that could have been so traumatic it resulted, not just in a fear of falling, but in total amnesia that lasted for nearly 20 years? This is my take on what happened when Ben Cartwright was told to ‘Bring Marie’.

Rated PG-13

Word Count:  31,167

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Spring Fever (by Ginny F)

Summary: In the episode “The Pure Truth” Hoss is suffering from spring fever ( the family is also suffering from the effect on Hoss ). Joe remarks to Ben and Adam that Hoss could step on you and not realize it and mentions Hoss breaking his, Joe’s, leg the previous spring. I thought there should be a story behind that.

Rating:  T Word Count:  1,860

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Shadows of Friendship (by AC1830)

Summary: In The Paiute War, Adam and Young Wolf, son of Chief Winnemucca, were once friends. What made Young Wolf end his friendship with Adam, although Winnemucca continues it with Ben and Adam? 

Rating – T, Word Count – 4799

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All Lies and Jests (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: A conversation between brothers returns Ben to a time in the past.

Rating:  T   Word Count:   4,135

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More Than a Memory (by JC)

Summary:   Adam re-assesses his life in the aftermath of his broken engagement to Laura Dayton. (WHB and WHN for “Triangle”, written for the 2017 Ponderosa Paddlewheel Poker Tournament)

Rating:  T    Word Count:  4,221

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