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: 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: A WHN/alternate ending for the episode The Quality of Mercy. Joe goes to see Seth Pruitt in jail.
Word Count: 613
SUMMARY: Ben has a frank discussion with his sons about their relationship and the future after some changes have taken place. It seems an appropriate story to post in the week before Father’s Day. This is an expanded version of a pinecone.
Rating = PG Word count = 1167
SUMMARY: 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.
Rating = T Word count = 24,418
Summary: Young Joe is drawn into a fight at school because of feelings for a girl. A prequel Bonanza Trail Riders challenge piece inspired by the song “Me and Bobby McGee” by Kris Kristofferson.
Rating: K+ WC: 940
SUMMARY: Early in The Julia Bulette Story is a scene where Joe walks into the house to find Ben waiting to talk with him about Julia. This story, which borrows a bit of dialogue from the episode, explores what Joe might have been thinking.
Word count: 1,150 / Rating: PG
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.