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Games – Book I – The Game (by freyakendra)

Summary:  An old college rival of Adam’s takes competition to an extreme, playing chess with Cartwright lives. SJS, SAS, JAM, ESA, ESH…let’s just say lots of hurt, comfort, angst and mystery. If you like this story, check out the sequel, “Endgame.”
Rated: T.  WC 29,000

Games – Book II – Endgame (by freyakendra)

Summary:  Sequel to: The Game. A prison break sends Alfred Whitfield, a man on the edge of madness, and Peter Nobridge, an enigma whose alliances are yet to be proven, back to the Ponderosa one year after Adam’s old classmate played a deadly game with Cartwright lives. This time, when the siege begins there is more at stake than mere blood. (This is a sequel to “The Game,” but should offer enough hints to stand alone.) The SJS & SAS are, of course, integral to the plot, and there’s plenty of angst and ES? to go around…. R
ated: T  WC  48,300

Generations (by JoanS)

Summary: Ben is disturbed when Marie’s father arrives in Virginia City wanting to meet his grandson.
Rated: K (19,580 word)

Genesis – The Ponderosa (by Krystyna)

Summary: Ben and Adam receive an old trunk from Abel Stoddard which sets them off on a long journey to when the first Cartwright stepped foot on American soil in the 17th Century.
Rating K (42,870 words)

Geneva (by HazelMom)

Summary:  A series of letters combined with a deadly illness set the Cartwrights against each other and the town when Roy takes one of their own into custody.
Rating:  K+  (25,230 words)

Germantown Lady (by Hart4Ben)

Summary: While Ben and young Adam are making their way west, they make a brief stop in Germantown, Ohio. An unusual festival is in progress when they arrive. Set in approximately 1834 or 1835.
Rating: K WC: 1419

Ghost Hunters (by deansgirl)

Summary:  Do ghosts exist?  Well, Little Joe is about to find out and Adam and Hoss are ready to teach him a lesson.
Rated: K+ (3,260 words)

Ghost of Cartwrights Past (by Bonanzaluver)

Summary:  Ben Cartwright forgets the true meaning of Christmas to the dismay of his sons but gets it back with some unexpected help in this Bonanza twist of a classic tale. You may recognize what tale I’m talking about once you read it! 😉 Enjoy and please leave comments! Merry Christmas!
Rated: K+ (3,570 words)

Ghost Town (by SusanG)

Summary:  It’s Joe’s turn to make the trip to Hawthorne, as Ben continues to repay a twenty-year old debt.  Unknowingly, Joe encounters more than he bargained.
Rating:  T   (26,240 words)

Ghost Town (by the Tahoe Ladies)

Summary: Eerie happenings in Virginia City.
Rated: K – Word count: 3158

Ghost Wagons (by GinnyF)

Summary:  Tall tales? Ghost Stories?  Or did it really happen?
Rating:  K+  (850 words)

Ghosts of Christmas Past (by Becky S)

Summary:  A Later-season story with Candy and Jamie memories … or are they?.
Rating:  G  (3,700 words)

Ghosts of Christmas Past (by HelenA)

Summary:  Joe is feeling lonely on Christmas eve.  Between the end of Season 13 and the beginning of season 14.
Rating:  G  (1,450 words)

Gideon the Good (by Rona)

Summary:  A WHIB/WHN for the episode. The introduction of a mowing machine causes problems for the Cartwrights.
(4,935 words)  Rated: T

Gifted (by Belle)

Summary:   Adam is given a gift.  What will he do with it? Written for the 2018 Ponderosa Paddlewheel Poker Tournament.
Rated:   K+  5,740 words

Given the Circumstances (by dbird)

Summary: Trapped in a cabin with his family, Adam tells the story of a rockslide, an ambush, and the possibility that everything happens for a reason.
Rated: K+

Giving You (by Foreverfree)

Summary: What love is all about – inspired by Joe – my favorite Cartwright. My entry for The World Poetry Day 2018.
Rating: K Word count: 82

Glimpse of Heaven (by HelenA)

Summary: An alternate ending to “The Stillness Within”.
Rated: T (56,060 words)

Glory #1 (by southplains)

Summary:  A WHN for “My Brother’s Keeper”.  Sometimes the invisible wounds are the ones that take longest to heal…
Rated: T  WC 10,400

Glory #2 – Howl of the Wolf (by southplains)

Summary:  This R-rated story is an expansion on a short scene described in my story ‘Glory,’ which is a WHN for ‘My Brother’s Keeper.’ It was written in response to the ‘Dirty Words’ Literary Challenge in the R-forum. Contains strong sexual content.
Rating:  R  (2,965 words)

Glory Be… (by sklamb)

Summary:  Written for the Bonanza Brand 2016 Advent Calendar
Rating:  K  (790 words)

Go Tell it on the Mountain (by DebbieB & JennieA)

Summary:  It’s Christmas Eve and Little Joe tries to make a trade with the Virgin Mary.
Rated:  G (6,050 words)

Go Tell it on the Mountain (by JennieA & DebbieB)

Summary:  It’s Christmas Eve and Little Joe tries to make a trade with the Virgin Mary.
Rated:  G (6,050 words)

Goat Cheese on the Ponderosa – A REALLY Lost Episode (by Robin)

Summary:  A variation on A Stranger Passed this Way.
Rating:  T  (1,440)

God Bless America (by DebbieB) 

Summary:  Ben gives his young sons a history lesson on America’s birthday.
Rated: G (2,375 words)

God So Loved the World (by Rona)

Summary:  The true meaning of Easter is shown to the Cartwrights after Joe and Adam go missing.
(10,635 words)  Rated:  T

Gold Rush (by Rona)

Summary:  Rumours of a new gold strike on the Ponderosa bring problems for the Cartwrights. But who started the rumours, and why? Can Ben find out before Joe pays with his life?
(10,800 words)  Rated: T

Gone (by BnzaGal)

Summary:  One stormy night near Lake Tahoe spells sorrow and disaster for the Cartwrights.
(18,935 words)  Rating K+

Gone (by Questfan)

Summary: When Ben leaves on a cattle drive with two of his sons, he has no idea that when he returns home, Joe will be gone. After searching for him, he has to face the very real possibility his son will never return.
Word Count: 13,562   Rating: T

Gone Fishing (by Terri)

Summary: It should have been a pleasant day fishing for the three brothers, but when Joe loses his pants, wears Hoss’ drawers and exposes himself unwittingly, they would have been better off staying home.
Rated: K+ WC 4300

Good Advice from a Shotgun Father (by dbird)

Summary: Sometimes, the best advice comes from the business end of a gun.
Rated: K+

Good Intentions (by BettyHT)

Summary:  A prequel story with LJ at thirteen, Hoss at nineteen, and Adam at twenty-five. In the first part, Little Joe decides to be good for three weeks as a gift to his father which sets off a chain of events while Adam decides to ride a couple of difficult horses that sets off a different chain of events. Everything comes together as does the family in time for a Christmas celebration. The second part of the story is a WHB for The Quality of Mercy and features Seth in a prominent role.
rating = T (26,563)

Good Over Evil (by KateP)

Summary:  Joe’s Friend is Murdered
Rated: K+ (11,335 words)

Good Samaritan (by Rona)

Summary: Finding someone camping on the Ponderosa leads to a traumatic ordeal for Joe and Adam. (10,025 words)
Rated: T

Goodbyes (by EPM)

Summary: Joe teaches Adam to look at things in a different way.
Rated: K+ (1,605 words)

Gossamer Dreams #1 (by DebbieB)

Summary: ‘And love is sheer magic for it’s woven of Gossamer dreams, enchantingly real, that people in love are privileged to feel.’  Found unconscious and near death, a young destitute woman and her two children take Joe Cartwright home with them in hopes of saving his life.  Love blossoms, but Joe knows something about the woman’s husband…and his conscience forces him to share it with her.
Rated:  PG (19,150 words)

Gossamer Dreams #2 – From Dreams to Reality (by DebbieB)

Summary:  Eight years after falling in love with a woman whose husband he killed, Joe comes face to face with a young man who once promised to revenge his father.
Rated:  PG (14, 125 words)

Grandfather and Grandson (by Sibylle)

Summary: Adam and his small grandson make some discoveries about what really matters in life.
(1,600 words)  Rating: K

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

Gray (by gaerwn)

Summary:  After the events in the episode The Dark Gate, Adam reflects. An expanded response to the Pinecone Challenge #20, in which the first line was given.
Rated: K+ (1,265 words)

Grazed (by Jayne)

Summary:  When Adam finds a slightly injured Joe, they share a strangely special moment.  A Young Cartwright short story.
Rated: K+  WC 767

Great Minds (by deansgirl)

Summary:   It’s Christmas time on the Ponderosa and the family is ready to exchange gifts.
Rated: K+ (2,440 words)

Greater Love (by BnzaGal)

Summary:  When five friends head out on a hunting trip they have no idea of the horror that waits for them and will demand from them the ultimate sacrifice.
Rated: K+ (12, 615 words)

Greater Love (by BonanzaPR6)  

Summary:  A young girl visits the Ponderosa and has a profound effect on one of the brothers. Written for the 2018 Ponderosa Paddlewheel Poker Tournament.
Rated:   T  5,950 words

Greater Love Hath No Man (by DebbieB)

Summary:  When Hoss hires a monster of a man, a derelict, to work for them, he has no idea the danger he has put his family into, until it’s too late.
Rated:  PG..Contains violent scenes (11,745 words)

Greater Lover – Promises Kept (by pony)

Summary: Hoss and Adam each make a promise on the night their brother Joe is born. But nobody can imagine how those promises will one day be kept …
Rated: K (7,265 words)

Green Velvet (by DJK)

Summary: Adam finds himself making a difficult decision.
Rated: K+  Word count: 732

Green-eyed Monster (by JoanS)

Summary: A girl comes between Joe and Hoss which has far-reaching implications.
Rated: T (32,220 words)

Grief (by Rona)

Summary: A short piece reflecting on life after Hoss died.
(950 words) Rated: T

Grief is Hard Work (by mumu74)

Summary:  Contributed for the Ponderosa Paddlewheel Poker Tournament 2015
Word Count:  5691         Rated:  K+

Grief Written Across a Celadon Sky (by Kenda)

Summary: A missing scene from the aired episode “The Stillness Within” that includes Ben, Hoss and Joe, with the characters mentioning Adam.
Rated: K+ (4,090 words)

Griff and the Irish Dancer (by RandyS)

Summary:  A little look at Griff King many years away from prison.
Rating: T  (4,990 words)

Growing Pains (by HelenA)

Summary: Growing up isn’t easy, physically or emotionally, as Joe Cartwright discovers.
Rated: T (29,565 words)

Growing Up (by Rona)

Summary: Joe has grown away from a group of friends, who resent this, and set out to make his life a misery. But when Ben gets injured, can Joe save him?
(10,400 words)  Rated: T

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (by Barbara)

Summary:  Breaking into one’s own home is sometimes inevitable, but the consequences are more than Adam bargained for.
Rating:  K  (2,370 words)

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (by freyakendra)

Summary: Each of Ben’s sons rides off in the wake of tragedy, leaving a stranger home alone—at least until suppertime.
Rated: K+   WC 5300

Guilty #1 (by Rona)

Summary: Accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Joe finds himself facing the ultimate punishment while his brothers race against time to bring the witness who can clear Joe’s name.
(9,620 words) Rated: T

Guilty #2 – The Sound of Silence (by Rona)

Summary:  How did Joe actually cope without a voice?  This is set during my story ‘Guilty’.  It would be advisable to read it first.
Rating: T  (6,215 words)

Gully Washer (by McFair)

Summary:  With a storm approaching, Little Joe heads out to find the prize foal his father is so fond of and is caught in a flash flood. While his brothers deal with their own fears, Ben Cartwright fights a battle to overcome despair and grief and face the very real fear that Joe may never be found.
Rated: PG-13  Word count: 38,190

Gun for Hire (by DebbieB)

Summary:  Caught in a web of deception, Joe faces more than murder charges, how about a guilty conscience?
Rated:  PG (14, 750 words)

Gunplay (by debpet)

Summary: What starts out as a happy birthday turns traumatic for Joe.
Rated: K+  WC 2200

Gunslinger (by LittleAnah)

Summary: Joe is ambushed by a group of rogue Indians and saved by a vagrant named Drifter. Befriending the stranger, Joe quickly learns that his young friend is running from something dark in his past. Can Joe figure it out before it catches up to them both?
Rated: T (19,335 words)

Gusty Gumption (by PSW)

Summary: A little vignette following (at some point later) the events of ‘A Dime’s Worth of Glory’..
Rating: G  Word Count: 628

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