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A Father’s Thoughts about his Son (by pjb)

Summary:  A little extra bit for “Hoss and the Leprechauns.”
Rating:  K         WC 2000

A Quiet Legacy (by pjb)
Summary: Even when the time together is brief, memories can last a lifetime. This story was originally published in the Bonanza 2009 Friendship Convention Anthology.
Word count: 3,500 Rating: K
After the Storm (by pjb)

Summary:  As Christmas approaches, Joe struggles anew with his grief over Laura’s death. A WHN for “The Storm.”
Rating:  K+ (7100)

Afterward (by pjb)

Summary:  After the flowers have wilted and the mourners have left, the Cartwrights must learn to live with the loss of the woman they loved.
Rating:  K    WC   2100

Bank Robbers, Belles, and Puppy Dog Eyes (by pjb)

Summary:  Start with one fifteen-year-old boy with a brand-new sidearm.   Add the prettiest twin girls in school, a pair of matching ponies named Floyd and Feather, two inept bank robbers, a worried lawman, several frantic family members, and a best friend who’s game for almost anything.    And then, let the chase begin….
Rating:  T   WC 23,000

Becoming Family (by pjb)

Summary:  In this WHI/WHN for “Emily” and “Salute to Yesterday,” Candy recalls Joe’s experiences with his former fiance and his own encounter with his former wife. This story also refers to “Day of the Dragon,” “Commitment at Angelus,” “The Running Man,” “Riot!” and “Forever.”
Rating:  K+    WC 8100

Blessed (by pjb)

Summary:  On the anniversary of Marie’s death, Ben discovers how much he did not know, including how blessed he truly is.
Rating:  T    WC 7700

Brother Daniel (by pjb)

Summary:  Well-meaning monks try to protect amnesiac Joe after he witnesses a bank robbery.
Rating:  K+   WC 18,500

Brothers (by pjb)

Summary:  A missing scene for “Forever.” On the morning of his wedding, Joe reflects on his absent brothers-and the one who remains.
Rating:  K   WC 4100

Calamity in the Bathhouse (by pjb)

Summary:  Remember the season 5 episode, “Calamity Over the Comstock”? Turns out, there was more going on than most of us knew about. Pull up a chair and let Miss Calamity Jane Canary tell you all about it. . . .
Rated :   MA WC   6200

Camilla (by pjb)

Summary:  A local girl disappears on the same day Joe is assaulted.   Coincidence?   Maybe . . . or maybe not.

Choices (by pjb)

Summary:  The vote in favor of statehood has been cast. Now, in the aftermath of the convention, as one Cartwright struggles with heartache, another learns about respect. A WHN for “The War Comes to Washoe.”
Rated :   K+   WC   3200

Christmas after Marie (by pjb)

Summary:  Even in the midst of grief, Christmas is still a time for miracles.
Rated :   K   WC 13,600

Coming Home (by pjb)

Summary:  A wild stallion and a nine-year-old boy teach Adam a lesson he never learned in college.
Rated :   K+    WC   6300

Danny (by pjb)

Summary:  The Cartwrights become embroiled in a young widow’s fight to protect her baby from her in-laws’ attempts to gain custody.
Rated :   K+   30,600

Defending His Brother (by pjb)

Summary:  A WHIB for “The Fighters.” In this episode, Hoss swears off fighting after he nearly kills an aging prizefighter. An up-and-coming heavyweight fighter, Charlie Powers, tries to taunt him into a fight. Hoss refuses to fight, walking away from the mocking crowd, but Joe can’t let Powers’ jeers go. He foolishly takes a swing at Powers, and the much-larger Powers easily beats him. When Joe manages to drag himself home, beaten and bleeding, and Hoss sees what Powers has done, he goes back to town to take on Powers. As he delivers his opening punch, he announces, “This is from my little brother.” This WHIB comes after Hoss’s fight with Powers.
Rated :   K+   WC   2000

Fathers, Sons, and Growing Up (by pjb)

Summary:  As Joe’s eighteenth birthday approaches, Ben comes face to face—so to speak—with the fact that his youngest son is no longer a child.  WARNING: contains sexual themes.
Rated: T  WC 6900

Fine (by pjb)

Summary:  WHN for “The Last Viking.” Sometimes, protection can come from unexpected sources.
Rated: K+  WC 5500

Forgiveness (by pjb)

Summary:  A WHN for “The Gift.” Sometimes, the hardest ones to forgive are ourselves.
Rated:  K   WC  2800

Grateful (by pjb)

Summary:  Suffering from an embarrassing wound, Joe needs his father’s help to put matters into perspective. This is a set of missing scenes/WHN for “A Nice, Friendly Little Town.”
At the beginning of the episode, Joe has been shot “in the middle of the Ponderosa,” and he returns to the house to find the sheriff, Ben and Hoss there. At the end of the opening scene, Joe turns to go into the house, and Hoss sets out to find the shooter. The episode focuses on Hoss’ efforts to bring in the shooter. These scenes follow Joe for the next few days, while Hoss is away, with one post-episode scene.
Rated:  T. WC 5500

Her First Born (by pjb)

Summary:  A WHI for “The First Born.” Ben recounts the arrival of Clay Stafford, Marie’s first-born son.
Rated: K+  WC  16,600

High Finance (or, How to Keep your Mutton-Headed Sons from Getting Robbed) (by PJB)

SUMMARY:  Oh, the lengths a father must go to in order to protect his sons. . . .
Rating:  K          Word count:  1,100

Judge Not (by pjb)

Summary: A WHN for “The Hunter” and “The Crucible.” Twelve years ago, there was Kane; this time, it’s Tanner. Once more, the Cartwrights grapple with the repercussions when one of their own is tortured by a madman.
Rated PG13  WC 20,300

Julia (by pjb)

Summary:  A ‘What Happened Instead’ for the Julia Bulette Story, seen from Julia’s point of view.  Mild sexual content.
Rated:  MA  WC 26,000

Knowing (by pjb)

Summary:  A WHN for “Bullet for a Bride.”  The Cartwrights struggle with the consequences of Ben’s decision not to tell Joe before the wedding that Tessa had regained her sight.
Rated: K. WC 15,000

Little Joe Cartwright’s Very, Very, Very Bad Day (by pjb)

Summary:    The ever-helpful Cartwrights come to the aid of studio executives who need to develop a special episode for Sweeps Week.
Rated PG-13   Word count: 3,175

Loving Carrie (by pjb)

Summary:  A devastating tragedy sends Joe on a quest for answers.
Rated: T   WC 53,000

Missed Chance (by pjb)

Summary:  A quiet night on the trail and a flask of whiskey lead to contemplation of chances and choices.  A WHN for “False Witness.”
Rated: K+   WC 1800

Out of the Wind (by pjb)

Summary: A missing scene for the episode, “Five Into the Wind.”
This story comes between the departure of the three remaining passengers for Owl’s Point and the Cartwrights’ arrival at home.
Rated: T  WC  6400

Premonition (by pjb)

Summary:  Can a man truly know when he is going to die? If that time has arrived, can anything be done to change his fate?
Rated:  K+  WC  7000

Prisoner (by pjb)

Summary:  When Little Joe is released from prison after serving two years for a crime he didn’t commit, he must fight to rebuild his life as the Cartwrights struggle to protect the bonds that hold the family close.
WARNING:  Contains references to violence and sexual assault.  Rated:  MA

Proud (by pjb)

Summary:  A WHN for “The Quest.” Adam is taken aback by his reaction to Joe’s success with the Sun Mountain Mining Company contract.
Rated: K+  WC 8300

Questioning Mercy (by pjb)

Summary:  A missing scene for “The Quality of Mercy.”  A father’s beliefs collide with a son’s questions.
Rated: K+   4250

Reflections on Killing his Friend (by pjb)

Summary:  A WHN for “A Far, Far Better Thing.”  In the quiet of a moonlit night, two brothers reflect on loyalty, loss, and the love that binds some people together.
Rated:  K+ WC 1700

Saying Goodbye (by pjb)

Summary: Epilogue to “Her First Born.” Eight years after Clay Stafford’s departure from the Ponderosa, the truth is revealed.  Rated:  K   WC  3700

Sleigh Bells, Rotgut, and Other Miracles (by pjb)

Summary:  In the middle of a snowstorm on Christmas Eve, in a line shack stocked with beans and rotgut, the Cartwrights are reminded of what truly matters.
Rated: K+   WC 10,900

Still His Father (by pjb)

Summary:  “. . . because some things are never over.”
Word Count 1550  Rated K

Swimming (by pjb)

Summary: When a friend dies unexpectedly, fourteen-year-old Joe struggles with grief, loss, and the age-old question: “Why?”
Rated PG WC 18,000

Ten Hours (by pjb)

Summary:  The Cartwrights struggle to intervene when a disturbed boy holds his classmates hostage–including Little Joe.
Rated: T (10,175 words)

Tending to Business (by pjb)

Summary:  It’s never business as usual when the Cartwrights are around. . . .
Rated: K+  WC 9800

The Artist’s Touch (by pjb)

Summary:  A tongue-in-cheek kickoff for SJS Month 2011. The smallest crumb can become a masterpiece in the hands of an artist.
Rated: K+  WC 3000

The Barn Cat #1 (by pjb)

Summary:  Faced with a heartbreaking prognosis after a riding accident, Joe finds unexpected solace with a new friend.
Rated: K+   WC 26,000

The Barn Cat #2 – The Most Important Thing (by pjb)

Summary:  In the sequel to “The Barn Cat,” Ben discovers what is–and isn’t–most important about his youngest son.
Rated: T  WC 36,000

The Best-Laid Plans (by pjb)

Summary:  Laid up for weeks with broken bones, Joe’s getting very, very frustrated. But New Year’s Eve is here, and he’s got big plans . . . if only a certain lady will cooperate.
Rated: MA  WC  4100

The Diet (by pjb)

Summary:  “What’s it gonna be? Pie or Mary Alice?” Hoss enlists Joe’s help when he decides that he needs to lose weight to win a girl’s heart.
Rated: K+   WC  8300

The First Time (by pjb)

Summary:  With age comes wisdom . . . sometimes.  A gentle, erotic WHN for “Marie, My Love.”
Rated:  MA  WC  3300

The French Piano Player – #1 (by pjb)

Summary:  When a violent argument with Ben drives Joe from the Ponderosa, the Cartwrights learn that sometimes, you can look straight at a man and never really see him.
Rated:  T  16,300

The French Piano Player – #2 – Be Still, My Soul (by pjb)

Summary:  This is the sequel to “The French Piano Player.” Joe’s return to the Ponderosa proves to be more difficult than he or his family expected, to the point where questions arise as to whether he can stay on the Ponderosa, or whether he will go back to his life as a piano player in San Francisco.
Rated:  T  WC  26,000

The French Piano Player – #3 – Doubt (by pjb)

Summary:  A serious misunderstanding threatens Joe’s relationship with Hoss. This is part of a series and refers to events portrayed in “The French Piano Player” and “Be Still, My Soul.”
Rated:  T   17,000

The French Piano Player – #4 – The Love of his Live (by pjb)

Summary: In the conclusion to “The French Piano Player” series, the Cartwrights face their greatest challenge as they learn what a man’s heart can bear, and what it means to love–and to let go. The previous stories in this series are “The French Piano Player,” “Be Still, My Soul,” and “Doubt.
Rated: T  37,500

The Jacket (by pjb)

Summary:  When twelve-year-old Joe comes home from school without his jacket, it’s up to Hoss to find out why.
Rated: K  WC 1700

The Lady Lawyer #1 (by pjb)

Summary:  The Cartwright brothers vie for the affections of a beautiful lawyer.
Rated: K+    28,300

The Lady Lawyer #2 – Fugue (by pjb)

Summary:  Tensions mount when Joe is charged with murdering a drifter, but he has no recollection of the incident—and no explanation for why he came home covered in blood. This is a sequel to “The Lady Lawyer,” and it refers to characters and events in that story.
Rated: T   32,000

The Lady Lawyer #3 – To Know the Truth (by pjb)

Summary:  In the sequel to “The Lady Lawyer” and “Fugue,” beliefs unravel and the lines between guilt and innocence blur as one man’s efforts to protect his brother jeopardize the Cartwrights’ hope for healing and love–and survival.
Rated: T   WC 77,200

The Real History of “The Crucible” (by pjb)

Summary: A light-hearted look behind the scenes at how one of Bonanza’s most cherished episodes just might have come to be.
Rated K, WC 1200

The Return of Abigail Jones (by pjb)

Summary:  Getting Abigail Jones and Hank Meyers married was the easy part. . . .
Rated: K+  WC  20,000

The Roberts Dilemma (by pjb)

Summary: The studio executives have two problems. First, one of their stars wants to leave a hugely successful show. Second, his fans won’t allow it.
Approximately 1,600 words. Rating: PG.

The Seasons of a Friendship (by pjb)

Summary:  Laughter and tears, dreams and disappointments, sickness and health, life and beyond . . . Joe learns the truth of the old proverb: a friend loves at all times.
Rated: T  WC  15,000

To Kiss a Bride (by pjb)

Summary:  Sometimes, dreams reveal more than we expect. . . .
Rated: MA   WC 1100

Tree, Traditions, and Three Fine Sons (by pjb)

Summary:  All Ben Cartwright wanted was a nice, traditional Christmas…but his three fine sons had other plans… A collaborative story by dbird and pjb.
Rated: K+   WC 10,900

Vivian #2 -Another Auld Lang Syne (by pjb)

Summary:  Just before his wedding, Joe meets up with the woman he once loved—and thought he’d lost forever. This is a sequel to Vivian and refers to characters and events from that story.
Rated: T WC 6500.

Vivian (by pjb)

Summary:  Joe grapples with a moral dilemma when he falls in love with another man’s wife.  Fist in a series.
Rated: T  WC 11,500

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