Bonanza Brand – Fanfiction Library

Hunting for Memories (by MissJudy)

Summary: Ben is enjoying a hunting trip with Adam when it takes an unexpected turn and forces a detour to the cabin in the woods where the Cartwrights first lived and trapped on the Ponderosa. Adam has not been there since he was a child, and Ben is filled with trepidation over how his son might remember those days. All seems well, even though a few of Ben’s memories leave him wondering what his son is thinking. Then a vivid dream about a incident from Adam’s childhood leaves him thoroughly shaken, and he finally finds out just what Adam thought of his early years on the Ponderosa. This story occurs a year after Adam got back from school in Boston.

Rating: K  Word Count: 20,876

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One Step Closer #6 – Changes in Fate (by MissJudy)

Summary: Ben, Hoss and Little Joe head to Boston to be with Adam after receiving the devastating news that the entire Wadsworth family had perished at sea.  The Wadsworths had adopted Adam into their family when he’d been a student, and they’d renewed their support and friendship when he’d returned to marry Melinda and start a family twelve years later. Ben and the two brother find Adam coping, but staggering under the weight of his pain. Adding to his loss, Adam may lose his command over Wadsworth Engineering–the firm he’d helped make into a thriving business–when Frank Wadsworth’s will names an heir. Will this accumulation of loss be the final straw for Adam? Can the love and support of his family: his father and brothers from the West, and his grandfather, wife and children in the East, sustain him as he faces the absence of even more people he’d loved?

Rating: PG  (52,135 words)

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One Step Closer Series:

For Love’s Sake Only
Til Death Do Us Part
Two Hearts Broken
In Search of Safety
From Two to Three
Changes in Fate

missjudy February 16, 2017 13 Comments Permalink

Quarantine (by MissJudy)

Summary: Adam is running the ranch alone while his family takes a spring trip to San Francisco. All has gone well, but a change in the weather heralds an unexpected chain of events that Adam must deal with. When Ben, Hoss, and Joe return, they find an empty ranch…and a mystery.

Rating: K  WC:  30,700

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missjudy September 2, 2016 12 Comments Permalink

A Still Small Voice (MissJudy)

Summary:   Adam has been away at school for two years when he starts having vivid dreams about his youngest brother. He wonders why his memories center around Little Joe even while he misses his entire family. What he is about to find out will shake his certainty about many things and make him look for a clue hidden in his dreams.

Rating: K (Word Count 22490)

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In the Child’s Best Interest (by MissJudy)

Summary:  In this early prequel, Ben Cartwright and 4-year-old Adam stop in Cleveland where pay was good at the docks. Ben hopes to earn enough to start the final leg of their journey to Missouri, and a wagon train west. But a couple at their boarding house have plans for Adam that don’t include Ben. The story ends 26 years later as Ben helps Adam recall the ordeal and the outcome.

Rating:  K (27,135 words)

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missjudy February 15, 2016 10 Comments Permalink

He’s My Father Too (by MissJudy)

Summary:  Farmer Perkins and Sam Bryant are dead and Ben is safe, yet his sons are at odds. Little Joe and Adam’s argument tears them apart, and Hoss realizes that while his father survived, the bond between his other brothers died at dawn. Ben wants to solve things but must step back to let his sons find their way back to each other.

Rating  K  (20,920 words)

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missjudy February 4, 2016 28 Comments Permalink

Say Something – Lessons of the Heart (by MissJudy)

Rating: T (One section has an adult theme)

Summary: This is a grouping of short stories that show Adam in situations where he is left speechless when it comes to matters of the heart. It begins with a story of youthful naivete, and each progressions shows another episode where he learns something new about love. loss, mistakes and finding a the right person.

Word Count: 22,056

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(Thanks to Sandspur for her help with this one.)

One of a Kind (by MissJudy)

Rating: K

Word Count: 9492

Summary: This “what happens later” story for Thanks for Everything, Friend, picks up after Tom Wilson has been dead for several months and a woman comes to Virginia City with one goal in mind: to kill Adam Cartwright for his role in Tom’s death. She holds Adam at gunpoint as she presses her case against him, and he tries to help her see the truth before she pulls the trigger.

Note: The title of this comes from Adam’s last line in the episode when he says that Tom Wilson was, “One of a kind.” I always wondered why he would feel that way about the con artist, who’d used Cartwright connections to find his mark in Virginia City. While I can’t know exactly what the writers had in mind, I’ve tried to examine the episode and come up with some things that would have upset Adam about the loss.

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missjudy February 6, 2015 4 Comments Permalink

A Tale of Four Brothers (by MissJudy)

Rating: K+

Summary: Adam and Hoss seem to have vanished while on their way to Placerville for ranch business, leaving Ben and Joe to search for what might have happened. What they can’t imagine is that the lost Cartwrights were left for dead by two brothers who had once worked on the Ponderosa. Hoss and Adam’s lives depend on being rescued quickly, but their situation stacks the odd against that happening, forcing Adam to make a decision that may leave the family short one son.

Word Count: 23,425

Author’s Note: This is one of two stories I’ve placed in the 6th year of Bonanza Canon as Adam finds that he’s becoming restless with his life in Nevada. He is still actively participating in his family, but his heart has already taken the first steps away from home. Now he must figure out how to tell his family. I’ll post the second story in a week or so.

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missjudy January 16, 2015 6 Comments Permalink

It’s Only a Year – He Said What? – Lessons in Understanding #1 (by MissJudy)

Rating: K

Word Count: 10,321

Summary: This first story of a series called It’s Just a Year didn’t come through from the old library. This episode tells of how Adam received and education that allowed him to enter a prestigious Eastern university while living in the wilds of the west where there wasn’t a school or people with a formal college education. Adam has studied hard with a Harvard professor he found on the Ponderosa and is ready to leave for Boston when Ben asks him to remain home another year. Marie’s death has left him reeling and in need of his son’s help while he finds men to work the growing ranch.

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It’s Only a Year Series:

It’s Only a Year – He Said What? – Lessons in Understanding
It’s Only a Year – The Caster Oil Caper – Lessons in Humility
It’s Only a Year – The Worst of Consequences – A Lesson in Choice
It’s Only a Year –  The Quiet of Uncertainty – A Lesson in Hope
It’s Only a Year – The Final Trial – A Lesson in Mettle

missjudy January 6, 2015 6 Comments Permalink

A Rainy Day Tale (by MissJudy)

Rating: K

Summary: Marie and Ben’s attendance at a funeral in town leaves Adam at the Ponderosa to watch six-year-old Hoss, and seven-month-old Little Joe. The day of babysitting gets started with only minor difficulties, but takes a frightening turn as a late-season thunder storm hits the area, trapping the parents in town overnight, and making the boys rely on all that they’ve learned to get by alone.

Word Count: 12,862

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missjudy December 30, 2014 20 Comments Permalink

Reunions (by MissJudy)

Rating: T      Word Count: 22,384

Summary: A story of Cartwright family love:   When Adam refuses to fight for his life…or his limb…after his Mountain of the Dead experience, (The Savage) Hoss and Joe return to the camp where they found him and figure out what really happened there. Hoss confirms that Ruth was real, but in following his Adam’s journey, he also finds truths his older brother couldn’t see. Twelve years later, Adam is a happy husband and father living in Boston at the time he travels to San Francisco where he meets his father and brothers there for a reunion. Another “unexpected” reunion sheds more light on the past.

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missjudy September 5, 2014 10 Comments Permalink

Sacred Promises / Malicious Games (by MissJudy)

Rating: T               Word Count: 30,186

Summary:  A “What might have happened” story for the Crucible, this story tells of Adam’s experience as a 12-year-old with a madman who played games with his mind. It begins with a prologue from the Crucible, but then switches back 20 years to the time when Ben returns from New Orleans after completing a sacred promise made to Jean DeMarigny before he died. The boys have been living with a widow in the town near the Ponderosa, eagerly awaiting Pa’s return. Neither expect the surprise Ben brings back with him, but Hoss adapts easily to Marie, while Adam likes her, yet feels he doesn’t need a “mother.” A sacred promise Adam has made to his own mother puts him at odds with Ben. Adam leaves home and sets out to prove himself a man after hearing a conversation between Marie and Ben that indicates his father plans to send his oldest son away since he won’t do as he’s told. All goes well until a man named Levi shows up and unleashes his own personal war against Adam.  WC 30,000.

Warning: This story tackles some serious topics, and Adam goes through a lot. However, he is left better for the experience, and as a result of what he endures, he and his father reconnect in a loving way after their year apart.

Thanks to Sandspur for her beta read and wonderful suggestions.

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One Step Closer #5 – From Two to Three a Family (by MissJudy)

Rating: T                 Word Count: 44,821

Summary: Adam and his wife, Melinda, are living in England, and getting ready to welcome their first child. After a fall on the stairs, Adam must face the fear of losing his wife and child, and he comes to terms with his own lingering grief over his mother’s death. We also see the family back on the Ponderosa waiting impatiently for the arrival of a new Cartwright. The story returns the young parents to the states where a number of surprises await – including a visit from some Nevadans, and one old foe who leaves them reeling.  Rated: T  WC  45,000

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One Step Closer Series:

For Love’s Sake Only
Til Death Do Us Part
Two Hearts Broken
In Search of Safety
From Two to Three
Changes in Fate

Half-Brothers, Half-Truths: Whole Hearts (by MissJudy)

Rating: K+                     Word Count: 21,463

Summary:  Adam has been home home from school for a short time when he witnesses 11 year-old Joe “stealing” from a store in town. After finding out that his brother had been pressured into doing this by two brothers who are new to the area, he tries to help. His assistance is met by Joe’s anger, resentment, and profession that Adam means nothing to him anymore. Adam still promises that he will protect Joe from these boys…or die trying. His words prove prophetic.   Rated: K+

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