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Baby from the Forrest, Baby from the Heart (by mumu74)

Baby from the Forrest, Baby from the Heart was included in the 2017 Advent Calendar Collection. Click ‘Comments’ or “Leave a Comment” above to leave comments for the author. Or click Read More … below for a link to the story. Summary:  The start of a new life is a joyous occasion.

Back from Back East – A REALLY Lost Episode (by Robin)

Summary: An explanation of why only one son when to college.
Rating: T (860 words)

Back to Good (by gaerwn)

Summary: Hoss isn’t sure things will ever get back to normal. WHN for “The Lawmaker”
Rating: K+ (1,785 words)

Back to Reality (by DebbieB)

Summary: When Adam takes Joe along on a business trip, things go from bad to worse.     After Joe gets bitten by a sidewinder, it is now up to Adam to save not only his baby brother’s life but his own life as well.
Rating: PG (8,800 words)

Back to the Beginning (by patina)

Summary: An important letter arrives for Adam. The letter contains news that will change his life.
Rating: K   Word Count=2472

Backlash (by sklamb)

Summary: Rich man, poor man, Indian chief–what are they all doing in Sheriff Coffee’s jail during a blizzard?
Rating: :   K     Word Count :   4483

Bad News (by Dodo)

Summary: After a bad accident, Ben has to cope with a changed Little Joe.
Rating: K+   Word Count :   16500

Badge Without Honor – A Rewrite (by JennyG)

Summary: Never quite satisfied with motivation and outcome in this episode? Try this version.
Rating: T (9,800 words)

Baker Series #1 – Baker’s Brat (by JoanS)

Summary: Just how much influence could one seven-year-old have on an Army Post?
Rating: K WC 15,500

Baker Series #2 – Baker’s Dozen (by JoanS)

Summary: Ten years after he and Joe first met, Baker visits The Ponderosa while on a mission.
Rating: K WC 15,400

Baker Series #3 – Baker’s Legacy (by JoanS)

Summary: Joe feels the loss of his friend Baker.
Rating: K WC 9700

Baker Series #4 – Baker’s Destiny (by JoanS)

Summary: Joe and Baker meet again, but this time under difficult circumstances.
Rating: K (17,680 words)

Ballad of Brothers: Opus (by freyakendra)

Summary: A sandstorm leads to a special moment of brotherly bonding between Adam and Little Joe before tragedy strikes—and then that bonding takes on a whole different depth of meaning when they look to the songs that had first given them a night of laughter to help them survive through the day. When Ben, Hoss and Sheriff Coffee go to their aid, they discover Joe is missing and Adam fears the worst.
Rating: T Word Count :   28,400.

Band of Brothers (by Tauna Petit-Strawn)

Summary: Adam and Hoss travel to Stockton and find themselves joining forces with Jarrod and Heath to help Nick-who was adversely affected by the Civil War.
Rating: T (22,900 words)

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

Baptism by Fire (by storm)

Summary: Here is my story for the July challenge as always I hope you like it. I will also be using this as the first chapter for the mega challenge. I hope I can make it to gold.
Rating: K+   WC 22,000

Barbarous Revenge (by Rona)

Summary: A ‘What Happened Next’ for the episode ‘The Last Haircut.’
Rating: T (8,515 words)

Bath Water — a REALLY Lost Episode (by Robin)

Summary: When you don’t have indoor plumbing.
Rating: T (1,030 words)

Battle of the Ponderosa — aka Springtime Chaos (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: A plea for help turns into an urgent ride home, and a situation no one foresaw.
Rating: K (1,615 words)

Be My Valentine? (by Puchi Ann)

Summary: For twelve-year-old Joseph Cartwright, things go from bad to worse as he struggles with the most “mushy-gushy” school assignment he’s ever been given. When all his efforts to solve his dilemma fail, there’s only one person who can stand between him and the painful consequences he’s destined to reap—Adam.
Rating: K   WC     15,100

Be Prepared (by the Giggly Sisters)

Summary: Winter supplies are running low. What do the Cartwrights have to have to survive? The Giggly sisters tell all!
Rating: K+ WC 2000

Be Ready for the Thunder (by pbeaking)

Summary: Adam and Ben find themselves caught in a storm… a storm that brings back a childhood memory for Adam that they both reflect on and recreate in their minds. Ben certainly left a lasting impression on his boys.
Rating: K+ 1500

Be There a Stranger Among Us (by DebbieB)

Summary: When Little Joe returns from a horse sale in Carson City that did not go well for him, his family notices a difference in his personality. Not sure why Joe acts the way he does, his family struggles to understand before Joe winds up destroying himself and his family’s good name.
Rating: PG (20,400 words)

Bear Hunt (by AnneG)

Synopsis : While trying to catch a bear, a young Little Joe and a friend incur Adam’s wrath. Both brothers try to resolve what being a brother means and in the end, come to realize how important they each are to the other.
Rating: T (due to language) (9,470 words)

Beating Death’s Game (by DebbieB)

Summary: An unfortunate accident, leaves Joe Cartwright wishing he’d never been born.
Rating: PG (8,300 word)

Beauty is the Lover’s Gift (by Rona)

Summary: When Joe falls sick with a fever after Julia Bulette’s death, Ben remembers his relationship with Julia.
Rating: MA (8,380 words)

Because We’re Brothers – Book 1 – A Lesson Learned (by jfclover)

Summary: Finding he’s become quite accomplished at the game of poker, Joe learns a lesson the hard way.  
Rating: K+   Word Count   26,000

Because We’re Brothers – Book 2 – A Change of Plans (by jfclover)

Summary: Life takes an unexpected turn for Joe Cartwright.   He deals with his circumstances the best he knows how.  
Rating: T   Word Count 67,000

Because We’re Brothers – Book 3 – A New Beginning (by jfclover)

Summary: Now living in San Francisco, Adam is faced with a sudden crisis and in need of help from his family.   In turn he is able to return the favor, helping Joe through a crisis of his own. ~ This story can be read by email only.   It contains sexual abuse of a minor – not a Cartwright – and isn’t allowed to be posted under Brand Library rules.   If you would like to continue reading this series, please email me at
Rating: MA   Word Count 51,000

Because We’re Brothers – Book 4 – A Tragic Turn (by jfclover)

Summary: Ben talks Joe into traveling to San Francisco where Adam now resides to surprise him on his 45th birthday.   Events happen that will alter all their lives.
Rating::T   Word Count 18,000

Because We’re Brothers – Book 5 – Dreams of Revenge (by jfclover)

Summary: Ben continues slowly with his recovery while Joe struggles to keep the Ponderosa running strong. Adam’s relationship with Kate takes a step forward before returning to the Ponderosa after discovering Joe is missing and presumed dead.   This is the final story of this series.  
Rating: MA   Word Count 25,000

Becky’s Bonanza World Challenges Anthology (by BeckyS)

Summary: The vignettes contained within were written in response to challenges issued in the long-gone Bonanza World website.
Rating: G

Becoming a Man (by Christy)

Summary:  When the Cartwright brothers have to face their worst nightmare, Little Joe decides to take matters in to his own hands. Will he survive to show his family he really is the man his father raised? Rating  G  (10,520 words)

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

Bed Time #1 – Before Bedtime (by Robin)

Summary: It’s bed time on the Ponderosa for three-year old Little Joe.
Rating: K (6,860 words)

Bed Time #2 – Before Bedtime too (by Robin)

Summary: Another night and another bed time
Rating: T (6,400 words)

Bed Time #3 – Bed Time 1848 (by Robin)

Summary: It’s bed time in 1848.  
Rating: K (4,420 words)

Bedeviled (by freyakendra)

Summary: Even a good friend can become one of the “bad guys” when he lets himself get bedeviled.
Rating: T Word Count :   2,500

Bedside (by JoanS)

Summary: Adam, Hoss and Ben try to will Little Joe back to consciousness after an accident.
Rating: K (3,490 words)

Before A Rose (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: Inspired by The Mother of All Challenges, to write a story featuring one or more of the Cartwrights in any time period (prequel, season 1-14, sequel, AU),   in which Virginia City is an integral part of the tale.   This is my story.
Rating: K (4,030 words)

Before Christmas (by dbird)

Summary: A fight, a flower, and a little bit of faith. A Bonanza fable for Christmas.
Rating: K+. WC 3600

Before It’s Too Late (by KateP)

Summary: A short story told from Adam’s point of view.
Rating: K+ (2,580 words)

Before the Hanging (by Sibylle)

Summary: Just how much tension can a man go through in a mere four hours? Find out in this look at “Death at Dawn.”
Rating: T    Word Count :     3,231

Beginning Again (by JC)

Summary: Ben Cartwright has twice known love and loss. Will the third time be the charm?
Rating: T (1,015 words)

Beginnings – East Meets West (by swgirl)

Summary: Adam meets a young lady from the east and romance blossoms.
Rating: T (46,295 words)

Beginnings (by GinnyF)

Summary: Four vignettes of when Ben’s life began anew.
Rating: K (1,230 words)

Behind the Picture #1 (by Rona)

Summary: Nasty rumours cause trouble and anguish for the Cartwrights. Can Ben, Joe and Hoss save Adam from a lynch mob?
Rating: T (8,430 words)

Behind the Picture #2 – My Kingdom for a Horse (by Rona)

Summary: Set shortly after ‘Behind the Picture’. Joe is determined to own the bay stallion. Is he willing to pay the price to do so?
Rating: T (10,650 words)

Being Kind (by BettyHT)

SUMMARY: What is kindness?   Kindness can get you into a relationship that is toxic not only to you but to others. There can be serious consequences to being kind.
Rating: = T   Word count = 3556

Belated Holiday Greeting in a Letter from Joe – A REALLY Lost Episode (by Robin)

Summary: A holiday letter to Mitch, from Joe.
Rating: T (2,600 words) 

Believe (by the Tahoe Ladies)

Summary: Joe and Adam live through a harrowing experience, but Ben and Hoss have doubts about Adam’s recollection of events.
Rating: T   Word Count :   25400

Believe in Love – A Special Love (by AC1830)

Summary: Adam Cartwright and Peggy Dayton developed a special relationship that seemed to go beyond friendship. This is a WHN about the strength of that bond after tragedy strikes at Christmas.
Rating: K+   WC = 8882

Believe in Me #1 (by Rona)

Summary: Accused of murder, and found to be innocent, Joe discovers that rumours are difficult to quash.
Rating: K+ (8,705 words)

Believe in Me #2 – Faith to Believe (by Rona)

Summary: The sequel to Believe in Me. Will the Cartwrights find Joe? Where did he go when he left the Ponderosa?  
Rating: T (7,855 words)

Believe in Me (by Frasrgrl)

Summary:   Things seem to be happening to Joe. Is he losing his mind, or could there me another explanation?
Word Count: 41,575 Rated: K+

Believe in Me (by JennieA)

Summary: Ben realizes that he does not have to earn the trust of his son, it was always there to begin with.
Rated: G  (9,500 words)

Belly of the Whale (by McFair)

Summary: 14 year old Joe Cartwright was just trying to do something nice for a friend. Older brother Adam didn’t see it that way. An argument between brothers sets off a series of events that turns into an unstoppable torrent of trouble, which leaves one of Ben Cartwright’s sons with a terrible task to perform and another near death, trapped in the Belly of the Whale.
Rating: PG-13 for mild language and implied adult situations, which do not occur.   WC 76.500

Belonging (by Camera Chic)

Summary: It’s 1859, and Joe has received a letter that sends him on a journey to discover where he truly belongs.
Rating: T (9,750 words)

Ben and “Ma” (by BettyHT)

Summary: An accident caused by Little Joe, and a prank by all three brothers leads to an unexpected result for Ben.
Rating:   PG   WC 4649

Ben and Adam on the Road (by Sibylle)

Summary: WHB Inger My Love   Even Ben wasn´t always the perfect father.
Rating: K   WC 1250

Ben and Elizabeth – A Celebration of Love (by deansgirl)

Summary: A very early fanfic attempt that I found on our old computer. I believe it is one of my first fanfic stories.   You are hereby invited to the behind the scenes story.   How did Elizabeth and Ben meet? This story celebrates their love story.   From the day they met to the product of their love.
Rating: K+ (3,280 words)

Ben and Miss Barbara (by Robin)

Summary: Between the trial and Paiutes, tensions are running high in and around Virginia City.
Rating: T (9,410 words)

Ben Brown #1 (by Hart4Ben)

Summary: Ben struggles with the frustrations of middle age. Disguised as a down-on-his-luck ranch hand, he finds himself in the middle of a range war and possibly new love. Based on season 13 episode “Saddle Stiff”.
Rating: K+ (5,705 words)

Ben Brown #2 – More than Enough Love (by Hart4Ben)

Summary: Having only been married a short time, Ben and Kate find themselves making a life-changing decision after the death of Kate’s sister. ***Warning – spanking used for disciplining children.***
Rating: T (37,265 words)

Ben Brown #3 – More Than Enough Love – Part 2 (by Hart4Ben)

Summary: The Cartwright family continues to adjust to the addition Ben’s new wife, Kate and her nieces, Mary and Hannah. Will an unexpected visitor bring tension into the household?
Rating: T   Word Count :   115,895

Ben Brown #4 – Ladies Day Out (by Hart4Ben)

Summary: A day in the lives of Ben and Hoss Cartwright. Ben decides that his wife, Kate, and his daughter-in-law, Gabrielle, should have a day out away from the children.
Rating: K WC: 5184

Ben Brown #5 – Dog Days (by Hart4Ben)

Summary: Joe is sent by his father to help a young widow. He soon has his hands full trying to find homes for the widow and her four-legged family. The 5th in the Ben Brown series.
Rating: K+ WC: 17057

Ben Cartwright – R.I.P. (by Krystyna)

Summary: Ben Cartwright’s dead … well, some people seem to think so.
Rating: T (19,070 words)

Ben Cartwright save me “Valentine’s challenge” (by mumu74)

Summary: A Valentine’s Day Challenge
Rating: T (1,220 words)

Ben Raised His Boys RIGHT – A REALLY Lost Episode (by Robin)

Summary: The trials of a Cartwright father.
Rating: T (1,080 words)

Benita Watson (by Calim11)

Summary: An old friend has returned home from school.   Is that a good thing?
Rating: PG (10,490 words)

Ben’s Birthday (by VickieB)

Synopsis : Ben is alone at the Ponderosa on his birthday, but his special day has not been forgotten by his sons.
Rating: G (1,870 words)

Ben’s Boys #1 (by DJK)

Summary: This is a set of four vignettes written in response to various prompts.
Rating: K+ Word count :   2431

Ben’s Boys #2 – Ben’s Boy Adam (by DJK)

Summary: This is a collection of four vignettes written to various prompts.
Rating: G (2,920 words)

Ben’s Boys #3 – Ben’s Boy Hoss (by DJK)

Summary: A collection of seven short vignettes which were written in response to various prompts.   Together they paint a picture of Hoss Cartwright, boy and man.
Rating: T   word count :   3,600

Ben’s Boys #4 – Ben’s Boy Little Joe (by DJK)

Summary: Six vignettes and a poem giving glimpses of Ben Cartwright’s youngest.
Rating: General   Word count :   2412

Ben’s Burden of Guilt (by BettyHT)

Summary: After hearing Hoss’ reaction to an Easter sermon, Ben is consumed by thoughts of responsibility for past tragedies. It is when his sons finally return home from a trail drive that they are able to ease his burden and help him to let go of the weight of that guilt and find the source of their father’s current turmoil.
Rating: = T   WC = 5116

Ben’s Journal – The Hard Trail West (by acspeej)

Summary: This story is a blend of fiction and historical fact. Ben keeps a journal of his wagon train trip to the West with Inger and Adam at his side.
Rating: K+ (5,190 words)

Bessie Sue’s Proposal (by BettyHT)

Summary: Every leap year, on February 29, traditionally, a woman may ask a man to marry. This is the story of Bessie Sue’s decision to do that and how important family can be.
Rating: — K WC = 1212

Best Friends (by JoanS)

Synopsis :   A careless act of Little Joe’s puts his life in danger and that of his beloved horse Cochise  
Rating: G (19,000 words)

Best Laid Plans (by Cheaux)

Summary: A rift between father and sons is healed in an unexpected way.
Rating: T   WC     650

Betrayal (by HelenB)

Summary: Joe feels responsible for the death of a friend and with Christmas not far away, it doesn’t look like it will be a happy one.
Rating: T (16,265 words)

Betrayal (by Terri)

Summary: Joe is tried and convicted of murder. Is he guilty? Everyone including Joe thinks he is. Adam sets out to prove Joe’s innocence, but will he be in time to save him from the hangman’s noose?
Rating: T WC 22,000

Betrayal Series – Book 1 (by jfclover)

Summary: Eighteen-year-old Little Joe finds more trouble than he can handle. Will he ask his family for help? Will they be able to protect him from a man who seeks revenge from Ben Cartwright?.  
Rating::MA   Word Count 32,000

Betrayal Series – Book 2 – Chaos (by jfclover)

Summary: This story is a sequel to Betrayal. I hope you enjoy.
Rating: T   Word count 19,000.

Betrayal Series – Book 3 – A Matter of Trust (by jfclover)

Summary: This is a sequel to Chaos. Joe and Ben have serious issues with each other when Joe returns home after his weekend with Adam at the line shack. Certain information brings on an unexpected breakdown while uncertain consequences may bring on healing between father and son.
Rating: T   Word count 15,000.

Betrayal Series – Book 4 – A Time of Uncertainties (by jfclover)

Summary: The final story of the series..
Rating: MA   Word count 24,000

Betrothed, Betrayer and Betrayed – Part 1 (by Rona)

Summary: Wedding bells are on the cards for Joe.
Rating: T

Betrothed, Betrayer and Betrayed – Part 2 (by Rona)

Summary: What will happen to Joe and Dawn now?
Rating: T

Better Left Unsaid (by Rona)

Summary: When Ben is not feeling well, he decides to tell only Adam. But Joe senses something is wrong, and he ends up fighting with Adam. Unable to face going home, he runs into trouble.
Rating: T (8,280 words)

Between a Rock and a Hard Place (by Cheaux)

Summary: When the Ponderosa faces financial ruin, only drastic measures can save the day…measures which turn deadly for Joe and Candy as Ben and Hoss watch from a distance.
Rating: K+   WC 7000

Between a Rock and a Hard Place (by DebbieB)

Summay : Caught between squealing on a friend or keeping silent, Joe learns that its not always in his best interest to turn a deaf ear.
Rating: G (10,270 words)

Between Brothers #1 (by DebbieB)

Summary: When Adam finds Joe wounded and near death, he blames no one but himself. Will he be able to find help, not just for his brother, but for himself as well?
Rating: PG for Mild language (10,270 words)

Between Brothers #2 – Baring Souls (by DebbieB)

Summary: Find out what happens weeks after Adam brings Joe home with life threatening wounds. Will the brothers be able to keep their secret made “Between Brothers” or will they bare their souls to their father…and each other?
Rating: PG (4,900 words)

Between Brothers (by dbird)

Summary: After being bushwhacked and left for dead, Adam and Joe find that some things are best kept between brothers.
Rating: T. WC 9200

Between First Borns #1 (by DJK)

Summary: Adam has a chance meeting with Clay after Clay has left the Ponderosa. Followed by: By Step, By Half, and By Heart.
Rating: K+   Word count :   1445

Between First Borns #2 – By Step, By Half, and By Heart (by DJK)

Summary: Clay sends a telegram to Adam asking him for help. This time Clay’s troubles send the entire Cartwright family down a road that could led to the destruction of Ben Cartwright’s dream or finally bring Joe’s other brother home.
Rating: T   Word count :   32335

Between Heaven and Earth:     The Aftermath by SusanG)

Summary: A WHN for the episode, Between Heaven and Earth.
Rating: T (5,480 words)

Between Life and Death (by HelenB & JennyD)

Summary: A WHN for Between Heaven and Earth
Rating: T (15, 170 words)

Between Life and Death (by JennyD & HelenB)

Summary: A WHN for Between Heaven and Earth
Rating: T (15, 170 words)

Between the Twelfth of Never and Forever… (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: A time of contemplation as a man reflects on what’s happened in the past, and what good could come from any of it. — ‘How am I gonna be an optimist about this?’ —
Rating: K (695 words)

Between Two Worlds #1 (by JoanS)

Summary: Joe is sold as a slave after it is discovered that his mother was part-coloured.
Rating: T (64,250 words)

Between Two Worlds #2 – When Two Worlds Collide (by JoanS)

Summary: Joe tries to deal with his feelings after returning home from Alabama. (Sequel to ‘Between Two Worlds.’)
Rating: T (26,125 words)

Beyond Looney – A REALLY Lost Episode (by Robin)

Summary: We find the need to apologize to Looney Tunes.
Rating: T (4,640 words)

Big Brother Hoss (by DebbieB)

Summary: Contains some graphic fight scenes. Joe worships his older brother Hoss, more so after being beaten by a gang of bullies who hold a grudge against the older brother.   Hoss then deems it his duty to become his younger brother’s protector.
Rating: PG13 (22,375 words)

Big Ears (by JoanS)

Summary: Sometimes a boy’s ears can come in handy.
Rating: K (5,930 words)

Big Ears, Big Fears (by DJK)

Summary: Little Joe listens and learns.
Rating: K+   Word count :   1035

Big Fish (by faust)

Summary: Adam is coming home, but not everyone seems eager to meet him. Joe rather goes fishing.,
Rating: K.   1,100 words

Big Sisters, Little Brothers, and Moving Mountains (by freyakendra)

Summary: A lost little girl, a restless Little Joe and a hungry puma converge, sparking a story that explores what it means to have family looking out for you–or counting on you to look out for them.
Rating: K+ (word count :   9,300)

Birds and Bees (by Terri)

Summary: With Adam’s prompting, Ben decides to give his youngest son a talk on the facts of life.
Rating: T WC 1700

Birthday Blues (by patina)

Summary: Adam, away at college, is celeb
Rating: his first birthday away from his father and brothers.
Rating: K   Word Count=2002

Birthday Boy (by faust)

Summary: Celeb
Rating: Adam’s birthday was always a somewhat strained affair. But the new addition to the family didn’t know that, and so something new happens that has everyone holding their breaths.,
Rating: K   870 words

Birthdays and Anniversaries (by DJK)

Summary: A birthday and an anniversary bring memories.
Rating: T   Word count :   541

Black and Gold (by AC1830)

Summary: Rumors and sightings are flying around town about a dark creature roaming the mountains of the Ponderosa.   Will the Cartwrights find out what it is?   This little story was written for a Tall Tales challenge.
Rating: K   WC = 1018

Black Stallion (by SusanG)

Summary: Pa’s away, leaving the boys in charge of….what else?   Trouble.
Rating: T (36,380 words)

Blame (by Rona)

Summary: An inexplicable attack upon Adam and Joe leaves Joe grappling with fear and blaming himself. Joe sets out to hunt down their attacker, but will he live to tell the tale?
Rating: T (12,325 words)

Blame it on the Moon, The Meeting (by Sassybrass)

Summary: Adam falls head over heels in love, but it’s Joe who may well have embroiled the Cartwrights in a family feud.   Will Adam be able to woo and win his lady before the shooting begins?
Rating: T   WC 55,900

Blaue Stunde (by JoeC)

Summary: Dieses Gedicht über die Blaue Stunde entstand bereits 2008.
Rating :   G (660 words)

Bless You (by Starlite)

Summary: After rescuing a stray calf goes awry, Ben Cartwright’s sons need some tender loving care.
Rated:  G  (9,300 words)

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

Blessings in the Balance (by Hart4Ben)

Summary: Lost in grief following Marie’s death, Ben is jolted out of his despair.
Rating: K+ WC: 871

Blessings of Friendship (by AC1830)

Summary: After a last minute cattle drive that almost drove Hop Sing away, can the Cartwrights hope to have a calm Thanksgiving? Perhaps with a little help from some friends.
Rating: – K WC – 1288

Blind Faith (by jfclover)

Summary: Joe finds himself obsessed with revenge after a robbery proves to be more than just a bank holdup. His life takes a sudden turn and he has decisions to make that will affect the rest of his life.
Rating: MA WC 75,000

Blind Faith (by MaryS)

Summary: Ben is reunited with a boyhood friend who’s less than honorable reputation precedes him.   Adam does some investigating for his father’s sake and finds himself wishing he’d left well enough alone.
Rating: G (18,000 words)

Blind Man’s Bluff (by Rona)

Summary: Returning from a trip with Adam, Joe has an unfortunate accident. Things are then complicated when Joe is kidnapped.
Rating: T (9,220 words)

Blink of an Eye (by Cheaux)

Summary: Missing scene from Season 7’s “The Fighters” written by Robert L. Goodwin
Rating :   T   Word Count :   792

Blizzard (by SusanG)

Summary: A hunting expedition leads to a fight for life with Mother Nature.
Rating: T (18,820 words)

Blood and Bread #1 (by McFair)

Summary: Twelve-year-old Little Joe is late for supper. Hop Sing is hopping mad and Adam is none too pleased. When he heads for the stable to look for his brother, Adam expects an argument – what he gets is something else entirely. Something that begins in terror and rolls on toward tragedy. Will the Cartwrights ever be the same?
Rating: PG-13 for typical standard episodic TV Western violence and brutality. (92,480 words)

Blood and Bread #2 – Keep Your Eyes on the Sun (by McFair)

Summary: Nearly a year after Little Joe was kidnapped by Wade Bosh a new threat arises born of an old pain. Can the Cartwrights survive being drawn into the tangled web woven by the choices Rosey O’Rourke made long ago?
Rating: T (69,970 words)

Blood and Bread #3 – Thirty-Six Ways to Get Out of Trouble (by McFair)

Summary: Continuing the story of Ben and Rosey O’ Rourke.
Rating:   PG-13   WC :     83,100

Blood Bonds (by southplains)

Summary: Is anything stronger than blood ties?
Rating: T   WC 15,000

Blood is Thicker than Water (by Starlite)

Summary: The Cartwrights’ are again visited by their favorite cousin.
Rated:  G   (7,500 words)

Blood is Thicker than Water (by SusanG)

Summary: Little Joe witnesses a murder, committed by a good friend of Adam.
Rating: T (7,170 words)

Blood is Thicker Than Water (by Terri)

Summary: What if Clay and Will never left the Ponderosa. How will Ben cope with five rambunctious under his roof. Will rough housing, drinking, card playing, womanizing become the norm??
Rating: T WC 24,000

Bloodlines # 1 (by pkmoonshine)

Summary: Paris McKenna, an old friend of the Cartwright family, suddenly falls ill on her way to San Francisco and a new job. She reluctantly accepts Ben’s invitation to rest and regain her strength at the Ponderosa. However, she also carries the burden of a devastating secret that could rip the close-knit Cartwright Family to shreds.  
Rating: MA   WC 133,000 “Bloodlines” is the first story in a series. Fair warning :   this story includes the addition of a non-cannon character.

Bloodlines # 2 – The Lo Mein Affair (by pkmoonshine)

Summary: Sequel to Bloodlines. Hop Sing’s relatives are visiting … and Bradley Meredith and the Slade Brothers are in town.   It’s shaping up to be a very interesting week for the Cartwrights.
Rating:   MA

Bloodlines # 3 – The Wedding (by pkmoonshine)

Summary: Sequel to The Lo Mein Affair.   Adam Cartwright and his wife, Teresa, come to Virginia City to spend the summer with the family, and so that he might stand up for an old friend as best man in what’s shaping up to be “The Wedding Of The Century.”     Meanwhile, Roy Coffee has his hands full trying to put a couple of bootleggers out of business and stop an elusive thief in his tracks.
Rating: T

Bloodlines # 4 – Sacrificial Lamb (by pkmoonshine)

Summary: While Adam and his wife, Teresa, are visiting with his family at the Ponderosa, someone from his (Adam’s) past arrives unexpectedly.     She is in deep trouble and desperately needs his help.   “Sacrificial Lamb” begins two and a half weeks after “The Wedding,” and includes the addition of two non-cannon characters.
Rating: T

Bloodlines # 5 – Poltergeist II (by pkmoonshine)

Summary: Adam’s two children arrive in the company of their maternal grandmother to join their parents for a summer vacation on the Ponderosa. Their arrival sets off a chain of inexplicable, frightening events in the Cartwright household.
Rating: K+

Bloodlines # 6 – Independence Day (by pkmoonshine)

Summary: The Independence Day race, which the Cartwrights have been looking forward to all summer, ends in near tragedy. Part of the series begun in Bloodlines.
Rating: K+

Bloodlines # 7 – Virginia City Detour (by pkmoonshine)

Summary: Crossover between Bonanza, Touched By An Angel, and Highway To Heaven. A difficult assignment awaits Angel Supervisor Tess and her protégée in Virginia City, and the Cartwrights are in it up to their eyeballs. Tess’ student will eventually strike out along his own Highway to Heaven, becoming as potent a force for good in his own right. He also bears a very strong resemblance to one of Ben Cartwright’s boys.
Rating: T

Bloodlines # 8 – The Guardian (by pkmoonshine)

Summary: On his way home from a Christmas shopping trip in Placerville, Joe is thrown from a spooked horse and left stranded at the bottom of a deep ravine in the midst of a severe snowstorm.
Rating: K

Bloodlines # 9 -Young Cartwrights in Love (by pkmoonshine)

Summary: Sequel to The Guardian.   The younger Cartwright children are in head over heels. What are Ben’s thoughts on the matter?
Rating: T

Bloodlines #10 – San Francisco Revisited (by pkmoonshine)

Summary: The Cartwrights have come to San Francisco to negotiate a contract and enjoy a relaxing family vacation together. All thoughts of relaxation fly right out the window when two family members and a friend go missing, and the police are infuriatingly indifferent. A WHN for “San Francisco” and “The Mountain Girl.”
Rating: T

Bloodlines #11 – There But for the Grace of God (by pkmoonshine)

Summary: Ben and Stacy befriend a young woman returning home after living with the Chinook for four years. Part of the series begun in “Bloodlines” and includes the addition of a non-cannon character.
Rating: T

Bloodlines #12 – Between Life and Death (by pkmoonshine)

Summary: Ben Cartwright lies on what may be his deathbed, near comatose from raging fever.   What thoughts go through the heads of those who love him most as they try and come to grips with the prospect that his time with them may be at an end?
Rating:   K+

Bloodlines #13 – Orenna (by pkmoonshine)

Summary: When Hoss and Stacy get caught in a dangerous winter storm on their way home from a hunting trip, help comes from a strange old woman who claims to have known the family for a very long time.
Rating: T (8,370 words)

Bloodlines #14 – Clarissa Returns (by pkmoonshine)

Summary: Cousin Clarissa Cartwright returns to the Ponderosa to visit her cousin, Benjamin, and “his lovely family,” on the occasion of Stacy’s graduation from school.
Rating: T (40,200 words)

Bloodlines #15 – Trial by Fire (by pkmoonshine)

Summary: Lady Chadwick returns, seeking to ruin Ben Cartwright and his Ponderosa. This story is part of the Bloodlines series, with the addition of a non-canon character.
Rating: T (123,620 words)

Bloodlines #16 – Mark of Kane (by pkmoonshine)

Summary: Following the family’s ordeal in Trial by Fire, can they finally bury Adam’s experiences at the hands of Kane?
Rating: T (109,400 words)

Bloodlines (by AC1830)

Summary: This is a what-if story for Halloween.   Adam’s son loves to read.   After reading a forbidden book, he discovers a dark family secret.
Rating: – T   Word count – 1949

Bloomers and Corsets (by the Giggly Sisters)

Summary: The arrival of a female guest stirs the thorny topic of underwear. The Giggly Sisters can’t resist.
Rating: K+ WC 1800

Blue (by faust)

Summary: Hoss talks to Adam while taking care of him. Ben faces the unthinkable. And copes.
Rating: K..   1,300 words

Blue Ribbons (by storm)

Summary: This story started out as what I thought would be a touching story between Adam and Ben but this is what it came out as. It has to do with blue ribbons and what they are awarded for and to who.
Rating: MA   WC     2800

Blueberry Burglary (by Puchi Ann)

Summary: When three pies go missing at the Ponderosa, everyone’s suspicions naturally turn to a particular Cartwright, but who actually ate all the pies?
Rating: K   WC     2400

Blundered Seduction (by DebbieB)

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Summary: Caught with his pants down and in a compromising situation by the one person he’d least likely want to find him as such, Joe learns three valuable lessons; no one ever died of embarrassment, chose your friends carefully and being 16 and still a virgin is nothing to be ashamed of.
Rating: R (Has one scene with sexual content) (16,700 words)

Bogged Down (by Harper)

Summary: Even when you are on your own, brothers can be a source of help.
Rating: K+ (2,605 words)

Bonanza #1 – Bonanza for Beginners (A Spoof for Stephen) (by the Giggly Sisters)

Summary: A light-hearted, irreverent look at the world of Bonanza, as explained to a new young Bonanza fan.
Rating: K WC 2700

Bonanza #2– A Guide (by the Giggly Sisters)

Summary: As a follow-up to A Spoof for Stephen – or Bonanza for Beginners – here is the next instalment in Stephen’s Bonanza education.
Rating: K+ WC 2200

Bonanza Carol – A REALLY Lost Episode (by Robin)

Summary: Our apologies to Charles Dickens as Virginia City lives its own version of A Christmas Carol.
Rating: T (28,30 words)

Bonanza Christmas Puzzle (by Michele)

Summary: Created for the 2016 Bonanza Brand Advent Calendar
Rating: K (35 words)

Bonanza Christmas Story (by Anne G)

Synopsis : The four Cartwrights, sepa
Rating: just before Christmas, keep running into this family that make it possible for them to once again understand the true meaning of Christmas.
Rating: G (9,160 words)

Bonds of Brotherhood (by alyssajoy64)

Summary: Adam will do whatever it takes to get his brother back – but will it be enough?
Rating: T   WC 13,700

Books and Worms (by mumu74)

Summary: PR Special Literary Challenge
Rating: K (1.389 words)

Bootless Cries (by McFair)

Summary: Who would have thought that a pair of missing boots would propel the Cartwrights into the nightmare world of a madman? One morning Joe wakes up to find his boots gone and the mystery of how he lost them – and who is wearing them – leads to a series of events that could cost not only Joe’s life, but Adam and Hoss’ as well.
Rating: PG-13 (58,335 words)

Boots in Hand (by the Tahoe Ladies)

Summary: A Cartwright son says goodbye.
Rating: K Word Count :   990

Borderland # 1 (by idmarryhoss)

Summary: A Hoss-starred fairytale, to reward those who always wanted to see the romantic side of Hoss Cartwright written into one story. A bit of a fairy-tale, a portion of Hoss being Hoss, a part of Bonanza and – yes, some other themes combined to that framework.
Rating: K+ (45,220 words)

Borderland # 2 – Borderdance (by idmarryhoss)

Summary: Continuation to the story of Borderland, though possible to catch as a stand-alone, too. Here, Hoss lives the love and the marriage he has chosen. A love story, but also a story of something more. A romance written by a person not romantic at all. Contains some mature passages and difficult scenes, and old age character death. PG-13 is for implications of intimate relationship, and story is recommended only for mature readers who can cope with mature writing.
Rating: T (47,785 words)

Borderland # 3 – Reminiscence of My Special Place (by idmarryhoss)

Summary: A thought of how it would feel to marry in the Cartwright Clan; a short story of the eyes that see through more than their lenses.
Rating: K+ (1,350 words)

Borderland # 4 – An Ounce of Promise (by idmarryhoss)

Summary: Another good reason to fall in love with Hoss? His good marriage qualities? A dialogue of two minds a bit unorthodox, in the hazy night of advancing years and their effects.
Rating: K+ (1,935 words)

Borderland # 5 – Fruity Thoughts (by idmarryhoss)

Summary: A response to an Apple Pie Writing Challenge, through the eyes and home-spun philosophy of Hoss and his alternate-universe-wife. Spiced accordingly, tasting left for the reader.
Rating: K (1,705 words)

Borderland # 6 – Glimmer (by idmarryhoss)

Summary: Short light happy summer read. A vignette; a flicker; a moment in time.
Rating: K (1,185 words)

Borderland # 7 – The Language that Stuck (by idmarryhoss)

Summary: A vignette on a married Hoss, a linguist Hoss, a philosopher Hoss who is contemplating the universe – or tidbits of it, the least. A different view, a key to interpret my longer stories.
Rating: K+ (1,180 words)

Borderland # 8 – Tea Party (by idmarryhoss)

Summary: Hoss Cartwright is invited to a tea party. Cakes and seasoning on the menu. Few minutes stolen from the ordinary day…
Rating: K (1,575 words)

Borderland # 9 – Seeking Shelter (by idmarryhoss)

Summary: Inspired by a challenge prompt, ‘Seeking Shelter.’ PG-13 :     mature situations, adult relationship. A Hoss story, of the desirable and desiring Hoss, the masculine Hoss some don’t see and others forget. Please note :   description of passion, containing references to marital intimacy; sexual innuendo. For those who give space and respect to their imagination. (1,775 words)

Borderland #10 – Good Night (by idmarryhoss)

Summary: A fairy tale.   Told to Hoss and his family.   Good night, sleep tight.
Rating: K+ (2,305 words)

Borderland #11 -Farewell (by idmarryhoss)

Summary: A short story situated in a toggled Bonanza-verse where Hoss has a helping wife, this short story is a little journey to ask why Adam left, what urged him to go and why he would have been troubled. It’s a skill to love and respect, but it’s yet another skill to say farewell, to wish a happy voyage.
Rating::K (4,955 words)

Borderland #12 – To Shed a Tear (by idmarryhoss)

Summary: When is a man at his strongest? When the most comforted?
Rating: K+ (865 words)

Born For Adversity (by BettyHT)

Summary: There’s lots of shocking trouble for Adam right from the start, but there is also a plan for revenge, subterfuge, false identities, fraud, financial difficulties for Ben and the Ponderosa, stunning developments for the family to absorb, and then a climatic confrontation between two villainous siblings and the Cartwright family.
Rating: = T (WC = 40,705)

Borrowed Time #1 (by the Tahoe Ladies)

Summary: A What Happened Next to follow the episode ‘Bushwhacked.’
Rating: T   Word Count :   8550

Borrowed Time #2 – Paid in Full (by the Tahoe Ladies)

Summary: For Adam and Joe, a lost brother is never far away in time of need. (Some events mentioned can be read in “Borrowed Time”)
Rating: T   Word Count :   4500

Boston Correspondence (by JoanS)

Summary: Vignettes of life on the Ponderosa as well as Boston during Adam’s college years.
Rating: K (10,835 words)

Bound by Love (by AC1830)

Summary – After an eight-year absence, a young woman returns to Virginia City hoping she will be accepted by the families she left behind.
Rating: – T, Word Count – 9751 

Bounty Hunter (by BettyHT)

Summary: Consequences from an incident on a trip taken by Adam and Joe years earlier embroils the brothers in a tense drama, and kindness shown in that earlier effort is the source of their only hope of survival.
Rating: = T   WC = 25,319

Boy to Man – Book 1 – Boy to Man to Boy (by Terri)

Summary: Joe the boy was anxious to become the man only to find that in many ways he wished to remain the boy.
Rating: K+ WC 20,000

Boy to Man– Book 2 – The Best Days of our Lives (by Terri)

Summary: Two years have passed but Little Joe encounters Frank Carter once more.
Rating: T WC 17,000

Boy to Man– Book 3 – To Become A Man (by Terri)

Summary: The third and final story.
Rating: T (12,000 words)

Branded (by BettyHT)

Summary: Adam has been gone for six years and for four of those years, Ben has not heard from him. His last letter said he was coming home and that he had a surprise. Then Candy drops a huge bombshell during a casual conversation that leads to a trip to Texas and the beginning of much turmoil for the family.
Rating: = T WC = 24,969

Breath of Life (by JoanS)

Summary: A potentially deadly illness sneaks up on   the youngest Cartwright.   Follow along as, in a moment of true Joe, the family finds themselves racing against time.
Rating: K (16,720 words)

Breathing Free (by JoanS)

Summary: Sometimes a boy’s ears can come in handy.
Rating: K (5,930 words)

Breed of Violence (by Rona)

Summary: A What happened in between for the episode.
Rating: T   WC 4400

Bring in the Clones – A REALLY Lost Episode (by Robin)

Summary: The Cartwrights are watching the news regarding a cloned baby.
Rating: T (2,050 words)

Bring Marie (by McFair)

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

Broken Bone (by DJK)

Summary: A broken hand and an angry Adam- Hoss isn’t having a very good day.
Rating: K+ Word count :   524

Broken Chords (by patina)

Summary: WHN for Woman of Fire. Hoss learns to play the guitar.
Rating: K   Word Count=1896

Broken Promise (by DebbieB)

Summary: Unable to keep a promise he made to his father, Joe must now pay the price.   Is it too high?   Can Ben forgive and learn to trust his most impetuous son once more?
Rating: G (11, 470 words)

Bronwen in Nevada #1 – From This Day Forward (by Deborah)

Summary: Adam returns to the Ponderosa with a surprise for his family. An AU version of “My True-Love Hath My Heart”.
Rating: K+   WC     71,400

Bronwen in Nevada #2 – Blessed are the Children (by Deborah)

Summary – This short story is a sequel to From This Day Forward, where Adam brings his Australian bride, Bronwen, back to the Ponderosa.   It begins in late April 1878; Adam and Bronwen’s oldest daughter, Betsy, is now three and their second daughter, Miranda, is about two and a half.   And their little family recently increased with the addition of their third daughter, Gwyneth.
Rating: K   WC 4300

Bronwen in Nevada #3 -Angelic Affection (by Deborah)

Summary: This story is a sequel to “From This Day Forward” and “Blessed Are the Children”. It’s January 1881 and Adam and Bronwen are awaiting the birth of their fourth child.
Rating: K+   WC 11,400

Bronwen in Nevada #4 – Over the Hill and Through the Wood (by Deborah)

Summary: This Thanksgiving story is set in the Bronwen in Nevada universe.
Rating: K   WC     5500

Bronwen in Nevada #5 – Precious Ties (by Deborah)

Summary: It’s the spring of 1883. There are 12 Cartwrights living on the Ponderosa :     Adam and Bronwen and their four daughters, Hoss and Claire and their two sons, plus Ben and Joe, who are both widowers. Joe has been in San Francisco and he’s late returning. What could be the reason?
Rating: K   WC 28,600

Brother (by faust)

Summary: Growing up isn’t easy. Two vignettes, two times in Joe’s life when he is forced to mature—and he’s all on his own. Or is he?
Rating: T.   1,250 words

Brother Daniel (by pjb)

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

Brother to Brother . . . to Brother . . . to Brother  (by PSW) 

Summary: Joe gets a chance to practice his own ‘big brother’ skills. Written for the 2018 Ponderosa Paddlewheel Poker Tournament.  The card “suits” were:
Rated:   K  6,220 words

Brotherly Love (by storm)

Summary: This was written in answer to the Chaps and Spurs challenge. I really don’t know why the words led me to this. I guess it could have to do with the holiday coming up.
Rating: K+ WC 2650

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

Brothers (by Rona)

Summary: While searching for a missing ranch hand in the snow, Joe and Adam learn what it really means to have a brother to rely on.
Rating: T (8,250 words)

Brothers and Mud (by Frasrgrl)

Summary: A WHIB for Springtime. Have you ever wondered what happened between the brothers making a “Joe sandwich” and the mud fight? Well, here’s my answer to it.
Rating: K   Word Count :   708

Brothers and Thanksgiving (by BettyHT)

Summary: While Hoss and Joe chase an elusive turkey, Adam remembers an earlier Thanksgiving when Ben was away and there was a storm raging outside and turmoil inside among the brothers until the two intersected.
Rating: = K   WC = 3631

Brothers, Above All (by freyakendra)

Summary: While the Civil War pits brother against brother, a night on Hell’s battlefield pulls Joe and Adam into a fight that only one can survive.
Rating: T Word Count :   3,000

Brothers, Till the End (by DebbieB)

Summary: Hoss and Joe become the victims of revenge, but when Joe sees his brother shot down in cold blood, the tables are turned and it’s Joe who declares that it’s pay back time.
Rating: PG for Mild Violence (8,000 words)

Bubbles in Honey, Roses and a Button (by the Tahoe Ladies)

Summary: For Ben remembrance comes from an unusual source.
Rating: T   Word Count :   5500

Buck and Matt – A REALLY Lost Episode (by Robin)

Summary: Shirtless Cartwright ALERT!!! This episode is dedicated to all those who are fans of bare-chested cowboys.
Rating: T (1,730 words)

Bull (by BettyHT)

Summary: Adam has an embarrassing misadventure he would rather not discuss, and his father has a reason to support him in that decision.   The two do share their information with each other however.
Rating: = T   WC = 3969

Bullet for a Bride (by Rona)

Summary: What would have happened if Ben had told Joe Tessa could see before the wedding?
Rating: T (8,240 words)

Bullfrog Song (by BettyHT)

Summary: Adam meets a shy boy on the stage and then helps guide him when he must face decisions after traumatic events and revelations.   The boy has a secret that others want, but even he doesn’t know what that secret is.
Rating: T   Word Count :   9907

Bully for You (by bahj)

Summary: It’s a race against time, and to the victor goes the spoils . . . er . . . the calf. A WHB for “The Lawmaker”
Rating: K (1,765 words)

Bunnies, Bulls, and Brothers (by ChristyG)

Summary: Hoss tells is like it is.
Rating: K (10,353 words)

Burden of Guilt (by DebbieB)

Summary: When Joe is shot by an intruder, Ben blames himself for his son’s injury. Things go from bad to worse, deepening Ben’s burden of guilt.
Rating: PG for Mild language (14,550 words)

Buried (by dbird)

Summary: Advice for the Cartwright brothers comes from the most unlikely sources.
Rating: K+

Buried Treasure (by bahj)

Summary: What do a nutty professor, an ancient Indian legend, and a dusty sea chest from the attic have in common? Come spend Christmas with the Cartwrights and find out what awaits in this zany, action packed adventure.
Rating: K (Words 52,169)

Bushwhacked – The Missing Scenes (by SusanG)

Summary: A WHN for the episode, Bushwhacked.
Rating: T (6,975 words)

Bushwhacked (by DebbieB)

Summary:The Cartwrights become the target for murder when cattle thieves decide they want more than just the herd; they want the entire Ponderosa empire.
Rating:PG; mild curse words, just 3 or 4 (14,900 words)

But for the Grace of God (by DebbieB)

Summary: When mad dogs attack fifteen-year old Joseph Cartwright, the family struggles with their emotions as they watch the boy, whom they love more than life, battle against the deadly effects of hydrophobia, for which there is no cure.
Rating: G (19,700 words)

But for the Grace of God (by JoanS)

Summary: Events force a son to look back on a traumatic time in his life; acknowledging how thankful his is for his family.
Rating: K+ (11,205 words)

By the Fire’s Light (by debpet)

Summary: Adam’s pursuit of a wanted man becomes personal when he discovers that his brother has been put in danger.
Rating: K+   WC 5300

By the Lake (by Rona)

Summary: The aftermath of an argument sees Joe and Adam trying to mend fences.
Rating: K+   (730 words)

By Wisdom’s Wings and Love’s Own Hand (by the Tahoe Ladies)

Summary: A WHN for Triangle
Rating: T (3,980 words)


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