Stories by Title I

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I Beg Your Pardon (by the Giggly Sisters)

Summary:  Why does Hoss speak so differently from all the rest of the family?
Rated: K+ WC 1650

I Loved Rachel, But Benjamin I Hated (by ahdavis)

Summary: Ben is anything but delighted when his mother and two sisters arrive at the Ponderosa for an unannounced visit. But as his mother and sisters stay on at the ranch, he must confront the past and try to make sense of a very bitter feud between them. But when he faces total ruin by a member of his only family, he just might find the healing he’s been searching for and finally make peace with the past and with his family at the same time.
Rating: T/PG-13 (Word Count: 18, 298)

I Met a Friend of Yours Today (by Annie K Cowgirl)

Summary: When Joe Cartwright drags Candy over to the doctor’s office after a bar fight, he bumps into one of Hoss’ old friends.
Rated: K+ for brief mentions of violence Word Count: 1,189

I Shall Cherish You Forever (by Krystyna)

Summary: News that Adam has died reaches the Ponderosa … but how well founded is the rumour? Is there a happy ever after ending for Ben and all his sons?
Rated: K+ (10,620 words)

I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes (by Claire)

Summary: An interlude by Lake Tahoe.
Rated: K (670 words)

I Won’t Be Spoiled No More (by patina)

Summary: Adam is injured when he and Joe are working on fence repairs. It’s up to Joe to get the doctor while Hoss takes Adam home.
Rating: K+  Word Count=8753

I Wonder as I Wander (by sklamb)

Summary:  On a cold Christmas Eve near Harvard Square, Adam comes to receive a sort of epiphany.
Rated: K  WC:1000

I Wouldn’t Do That (by DJK)

Summary: Adam doesn’t keep Little Joe out of trouble. A short slice of brotherly life.
Rated: K+  Word count: 1257

I, Adam Cartwright, 34 Years Old (by mumu74)

Summary:  What if Adam had married Laura? What kind of life would they have had? Gunfights, injuries, problems with Peggy, Laura’s pregnancy, and a bizarre encounter with a visiting relative make Adam’s life anything but boring!
Rated: MA  WC 57,000

I’m Already There… (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: For those who believe… After an accident, Little Joe asks one very important question that only one person can answer. Is it any surprise at the response he receives?
Rating: K (2,215 words)

I’m Giving Myself to You, Adam (by Sierra Girl)

Summary:  Written for the Anniversary “R” Forum Literary Challenge, this story chronicle’s Adam’s encounter with a young lady described by Virginia City’s upstanding citizens as ‘trouble’, ‘not the right sort of girl’, ‘a cat on heat’. A tale of what happens when a pair of hot-blooded young people with fire in their souls meet and throw caution to the wind to be together.
Rated:  MA for explicit sexual content
Word Count:  12,031 words

I’ve Got a Secret (by DJK)

Summary:  Little Joe knows a secret Adam would rather he did not tell.
Rated: K+ Word count: 1084

I’ve got to ride, ride like the wind, to be free again. (by mumu74)

Summary:  Something special…. that was for a challenge. Not really on Bonanza, but with the Bonanza’s actors.
Rating: K (890 words)

Identity Lost (by Jayne)

Summary:  A young man is stricken with Amnesia.
Rated: K  WC  5600

If (by the Tahoe Ladies)

Summary: A Cartwright’s musings as he awaits his fate.
Rated K Word Count: 2613

If I’m Dreaming #1 – If I’m Dreaming, Don’t Wake Me (by DebbieB)

Summary:  Ever have trouble deciding what is real and what is not?
Rated:  G (2,000 words)

If I’m Dreaming #2 – Are You or Aren’t You? (by DebbieB)

Summary:  After waking from a head injury, Joe struggles with what was real and what was a dream.
Rated:  G (5,975 words)

If Marie Had Lived… (by Krystyna)

Summary:  If Marie Had Lived… and Ben had died…
Rating: T (225,640 words)

If Not for Aura Lee (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  What happened after Jean was taken into custody, and Julia’s window went dark.
Rating:  T (for mild cursing and references to adult themes) (11,940 words)

If Only (by Dodo)

Summary: Joe’s private thoughts as he sits in Church for a special service.
Rated: K+ Word Count: 7106

If These Walls Could Talk (by JoanS)

Summary: The task of reroofing the barn brings back various memories for each of the Cartwrights.
Rating: K (9,000 words)

If You Lie Down with Dogs (by DJK)

Summary: Adam tells a story of teenage rebellion. warning: mention of corporeal punishment.
Rated: T  Word count: 4067

If You Want to Get Ahead (by the Giggly Sisters)

Summary:  The Giggly Sisters tackle the thorny problem of what hat to wear.
Rated: K+ WC 1700

I’ll Protect You (by Cwright Girl)

Summary:  A WHIB for “My Brother’s Keeper”. Adam’s POV.
This is a rewrite of the scene where Joe is deliriously calling out to Adam when Joe has a fever. In this version, Adam tries to calm Joe down. There is no Shelia in the version. A look at brotherly love.
Rating K+ (1055 words)

I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen (by SusanG)

Summary:  Traveling alone late at night, Joe encounters a young girl lost.
Rating:  T  (4,830 words)

Idiots, Plenty Idiots Rascals (by mumu74)
Summary:  Written for the 2018 Missing Man Challenge.  Allow me to post here a very short story.   If it’s ok, I’ll take it back after and I’ll work on it better. With school, I had not enough time to do what I wanted to do.
Rated:  K+   Word Count:  854
Imagine My Surprise (by Cwright Girl)

Summary:  Griff King’s inner-thoughts on what made him change his mind about Hoss Cartwright’s true character. 1st Person POV
Rating: K  Word-Count:  2,685

Impasse #1 (by BettyHT)

Summary:  My entry for the Ancestry Challenge.  Ben has had three wives and they all had relatives, many of whom he never knew.  One shows up with a selfish ulterior motive focused on one son.  Rating = T  Word count = 8308

Impasse #2 – A Necessary Sham (by BettyHT)

Summary:  The fate of the Paiute in Nevada hangs on the testimony of Adam Cartwright and what he remembers and is willing to tell about the attack on Egan Station. rating = T  word count = 17044

Impasse #3 – An Unnecessary Deception (by BettyHT)

Summary:  This story brings together Everett/Rett Stoddard from the Impasse story and Sophie/Sierra from the A Necessary Sham story into a drama of settling old problems and dealing with new intrigue as well as dealing with Adam’s dissatisfaction with his life on the Ponderosa.  It’s a lot to do in six chapters so the story is fast paced.
rating = T  word count = 14949

Impasse #4 – Lessons (by BettyHT)

Summary:  A lighthearted story which follows An Unnecessary Deception, this is set almost seven years later and Adam has left the Sandwich Islands with his family and moved back to America.  First stop is the Ponderosa where Ben and his younger brothers are getting acquainted with the newest members of the family, and as usual, things don’t go smoothly.
Rating = K+      Word count = 2366

In a Manner of Speaking (by the Giggly Sisters)

Summary:  The Giggly Sisters turn their inimitable eye on the patterns of speech found at the Ponderosa. Why does Hoss talk like that?
Rated: K+ WC 1400

In Absentia #1 (by Belle)

Summary: The boys have been forced to accept heartrending loss. Is it time to move on?
K+ (15,750 words)

In Absentia #2 – Restitution (by Belle)

Summary:  Ezra Grady, is dead; but that doesn’t mean the Cartwrights’ troubles are over. Ezra Grady’s silent partner-in-crime has yet another scheme in mind.
(Warning:  Referenced mistreatment of a child.)  Rating:  T (22,190)

In Absentia #3 – All Through the Night (by Belle)

Summary:  Written for the 2016 Bonanza Brand Advent Calendar.
Rating:  K  (1,580 words)

In Defense (by pbeaking)

Summary: Joseph Francis Cartwright awaits sentencing. The judge is quick to blame the adults in his life for the boy’s actions. What can Joe say in defense?
Rating: K+  1500

In Defense of Innocence (By MissJudy)  

Summary:  Adam’s life begins to fall apart after a lie told by another student at Harvard results in him being expelled. He struggles to understand how he could have done everything right and still lose everything he worked so hard to accomplish. He must listen to the wisdom of those who love him, look deep into his own heart and find the truths and lessons that forged his character into the man he became.
Rating: T Word Count: 30021

In for a Penny, In for a Pound (by Pulitzer2016)

Summary: Fourteen-year-old Adam and his best friend Ross find a bottle of whiskey in the Marquettes’ hayloft and decide to recreate Leonardo da Vinci’s flying machine.  What could possibly go wrong?
Rating: T  Word Count: 10,554

In God’s Hands (by jfclover)

Summary:  Due to unfortunate life-changing events, Adam’s faith is tested at an early age.  He discovers the welfare of his young brother, Joe, is actually suffering more harm than good by his father’s heartfelt beliefs.
Rated K+  WC 18,650

In Haste (by pbeaking)

Summary: In honor of Father’s Day… Ben Cartwright is the perfect model of a father, but even he can make mistakes with his children. This story is about how he acted in haste. He now must rekindle the relationship with his son, Hoss.
Rating: K+   WC 3400

In Loving Memory (by Rona)

Summary: The Cartwrights reflect on the impact Marie had on their lives.
(3,155 words) Rated: T

In Loving Remembrance (by Hart4Ben)

Summary: Adam’s post canon tribute to Hoss. A Bonanza Trailriders challenge piece based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Love Changes Everything.”
Rating: K+ Word Count: 503

In Memoriam to Borelli — a REALLY Lost Episode (by Robin)

Summary:  A WHN for The Deadliest Game.  They’ve come from all over to pay their respects, and we find that really nothing is sacred to this group.
Rating:  T  (2,940 words)

In My Father’s Image (by JennieA)

Summary: Unhappiness befalls the Cartwright family when Ben’s personality suddenly spirals downward. Features the entire family.
Rated: PG-13

In Sickness and in Health (by Rona)

Summary: As the best man at his friends’ wedding, Joe is unable to foresee the tragedy ahead.
Rated: T (8,970 words)

In Silence and in Tears (by Rona)

Summary: Joe’s depression after Clay leaves is worrying the whole family. What can they do to help him recover?
(9,940 words)  Rated: T

In Ten Years (by DJK)

Summary: Little Joe and Mitch are in a hurry to grow up.
Rated: K+  Word count: 1152

In the Bleak Midwinter (by KateP)

Summary:  A Christmas Fantasy
Rated: K+ (2,885 words)

In the Child’s Best Interest (by Miss Judy)

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)

In the Face of Fear (by MaryS)

Summary:  After being injured in an accident Little Joe is forced to battle a demon he can’t even see.
Rated: G   (16,000 words)

In the Middle of the Dark (by Calim11)

Summary:  Adam Cartwright is caught in a cave-in and gets some unexpected company.
Rated: K+ (4,380 words)

In the Mind’s Eye (by Hart4Ben)

Summary: A farce on Bonanza FanFic with a twist.
Rating: K+  Word Count: 1099

In the Name of Love (by DebbieB)

Summary:   After taking a beating, Joe wakes up to find that his favorite girl has been murdered and he’s being held accountable.
Rated:  PG: For murder and rape.  No details (10,900 words)

In the Pines (by Barbara)

Summary:   Is the grass really greener on the other side of the fence?   It all depends on one’s perspective.
Rating:  K+  (4,440 words)

In the Shadow of Love (by bahj)

Summary – Told in jigsaw puzzle fashion, follow Adam Cartwright as pieces from the past eventually come together to form his future in this story of love, courage, and sacrifice.
Rated PG-13 (Violent and Thematic Elements)  Word Count – 30,501

Indescretion (by pbeaking)

Summary: Nine year old Hoss Cartwright wants so very much to excel in school like his older brother, particularly when it comes to math. The pressure he puts on himself to achieve leads him to an act of indiscretion. Can he ever make things right again?
Rating:  K+  WC 4900

Inevitable Betrayal (by DebbieB)

Summary:  With Ben hidden away in his ‘safe haven,’ his youngest son becomes the victim of heartless, wicked men who are determined to find the elder Cartwright and stop him from testifying at a murder trial.  Joe suffers insurmountable pain and is left for dead….after his inevitable betrayal….
Rated:  PG13 for violence and cruel treatment.  May not be suited for all readers…proceed accordingly.  By clicking to continue you are adhering to the warning that has been posted. (15,400 words)

Inger #1 (by Krystyna)

Summary:  This story covers the adventures of Ben, Inger and Adam Cartwright on the wagon train journey that was the dream that turned into a nightmare. The episode Journey Remembered was a very sanitized version of the hardships these pioneers would have encountered so this story is about bringing a touch of dramatic reality to the episode.
Rating:  T   (12, 580 words)

Inger #2 – After Ash Hollow (by Krystyna)

Summary: This is a continuation of the story Inger, although each story can stand on its own merits. Life chasing Ben’s dream holds many dangers as Adam discovers …
Rating  T  (17,300 words)

Inger #3 – Searching for Elizabeth (by Krystyna)

Summary:  Set 18 months after Inger…a little boy longing for his mother, a beautiful lady who looks just as mother should, a father facing a murder charge …
Rating:  T  (19,930 words)

Inger #4 – Journey’s End (by Krystyna)

Summary: Ben Cartwright finally finds where he wants to be – and picks up a passenger along the way.
Rating:  T  (8,830 words)

Inner Strength – Part I (by pbeaking)

Summary: Joe and Ben head out on a father and son journey to town, but a stop along the way causes unforeseen problems. Can the two rely on their inner strength to see them through?
Rating:  K+  3300

Inner Strength – Part II (by pbeaking)

Summary:   Sequel to Inner Strength.   Ben and Joe try to put the memories of their trip to town behind them. They must now rely on their inner strength to help them see past the guilt, anger, and pain. Can Joe forgive himself for what happened and allow the healing to begin?
Rating: K+ (4450)

Interlude #1 (by Nanuk)

Summary: Adam and Joe find themselves in the middle of the Civil War.
Rated: T (13,640 words)

Interlude #2 – When We All Die (by Nanuk)

Summary and Explanation: I never thought I would write a WHN story for “Interlude”, and I haven’t. Not really. What happened is that I could not not write, and I guess this is what came out of it. These are vignettes that give little glimpses into Adam’s life during the war, some are scenes that may have taken place during “Interlude”, as well as some that happen “after”. I’m not sure I ever find the time to write enough scenes to make this into “a real story” at one time, yet here they are, in no particular chronological order, just so I have them all in one place. One never knows what may happen.
Rating: K+   Words: 13562

Interlude (by Rona)

Summary:  A short story that is set between scenes at the end of “A Far, Far Better Thing”
(2,220 words)  Rated:  T

Into the Darkness (by Rona)

Summary: When a stranger arrives in town with a business proposition for Ben, he won’t take no for an answer.
(10,825 words) Rated: T

Into the Line of Fire #1 (by debpet)

Summary:  A single gunshot has devastating consequences for the Cartwrights.
Rated: K+  WC  2700

Into the Line of Fire #2 – A Single Shot (by debpet)

Summary:  A single shot has devastating consequences for the Cartwrights.  This is an expanded version of my story “Into The Line Of Fire”.
Rated: MA  WC 8200

Into the Present (by Rona)

Summary: A WHN for The Gift. Ever wondered what happened after Ben found Joe in the desert? Well, here’s my idea of what happened next.
(7,920 words) Rated: T

Invincible #1 (by southplains)

Summary:  An Adam/Joe story. Thrown together for the day to work out a disagreement between themselves, Joe and Adam suddenly find themselves struggling to survive.
Rated: T  WC  13,800

Invincible #2 – Worry (by southplains)

Summary:  Joe and Adam are injured and in danger. Hoss and Ben struggle to bring them back.
Rated: T  WC 10,500

Invisible Mending (by ansinico)

Summary:   One day in the life of Joseph Francis Cartwright, or is it just a moment, or a week, or a year, who knows he doesn’t…the day started well and then rapidly tumbled downhill…there will be trouble, a gal and of course some SJS…
Rated: MA

Irae Series #1 – Garden Party (by BettyHT)

Summary:  Inspired by some Ricky Nelson songs, this story begins with Adam arriving home disillusioned and cynical after many years away. At a party thrown by his father to celebrate his return, he meets someone who begins to change his attitude and will change his future as soon as he allows it.  Adam changes her life too although there are some who do their best to try to prevent the two from being together.
rating = T    WC = 35,173

Irae Series #2 – Wearing a Frown (by BettyHT)

Summary:  The story continues with the characters of the Garden Party and begins with Adam and Joe at odds,  but that doesn’t last as they adjust to the needs of each other and then have to rely on each other to survive in a difficult situation.  They will need their family and others to escape their predicament and return home.  rating = T  WC  = 24,120

Irae Series #3 – Hi Ya, Sweetheart (by BettyHT)

Summary:  This is a continuation of the Garden Party and Wearing a Frown stories with the same characters, but this is a much lighter story with humor especially with Adam’s son Lake and with romances for Ben and Hoss too although there are complications of course.
rating = T  WC =  31,583

Is It Worth It? (by Starlite)

Summary: Ben is left to ponder that question after a violent attack on his family.
Rated:  PG  (7,325 words)

Is this a Fireplace I see Before Me? (by the Giggly Sisters)

Summary:  Ever wondered about the fireplaces in the bedrooms at the ranch? the Giggly Sisters turn their unique eye on them.
Rated: K+ WC 1900

Isolation (by JoanS)

Summary: Joe is hurt in an accident in the lumber camp.
Rated: K (13,520 words)

It All Started with a Haircut (by Robin)

Summary:  I have been fascinated by the characters of Cora and Enos Milford, the affectionate, bickering couple in “The Hayburner”. Clearly they are old friends of the Cartwrights, have great affection for them and knew Adam, Hoss and Joe as boys. I wondered how the Milfords and the Cartwrights might have first met and came up with this story, “It all Started with a Haircut” .
Rating:  K  (6,835 words)

It Almost Seems Like Yesterday (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: Twenty years etched into the memory of a man who stands at the crossroads of his life.   My submission for the 2014 Camp in the Pines.
Rating: K (10,815 words)

It Happened Before 1860 (by ViveAdam)

Summary: The Cartwright family before the starting of the series
Rated: K+   WC 4300

It Isn’t Easy to be the Youngest (by Heike)

Summary:  It isn’t easy for Jamie, to find his place in his new family. And for Joe the role of an older brother is new, too.
WC  2700

It Was Like This Pa (by slaine89)

Summary:  How exactly do the boys end up in jail during a trip to San Francisco? Ben isn’t sure whether he wants to find out or not in this short comedic fic that includes a pickpocket, saloon girls, one crazily jealous fiance, and naked Cartwrights in a brothel.
Rated:  T (2,655 words)

It’s a Bonanza-ful Life (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  In this Bonanza adaptation of the Frank Capra holiday classic, Ben Cartwright is facing a Christmas so bleak that he finds himself wishing he’d never been born.  Enter one slightly unusual guardian angel with the offer to let him see what the world would have been like without him.
Rated: K+   WC 20,000

It’s a Serious Business Being Funny (by the Giggly Sisters)

Summary:  A fond look at some classic comedy moments from life on the Ponderosa.
Rated: K+ WC 1500

It’s Not a Game (by BettyHT)

Summary:  After some problems at home, Adam sets off on what his father expects to be a one or two year absence, but circumstances take Adam to many countries and eventually to refuge far from home for years before it is safe for him to return.  However there’s danger at home as well.
Rating = T   WC = 102,217

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

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.
Rating: K  Word Count: 10,321

It’s Only a Year #2 – The Castor Oil Caper – Lessons in Humility (by Miss Judy)

Summary:  17-year-old Adam is learning some hard life lessons. He returns home from a cattle drive where he’s been forced to subsist on beans and endure hazing by the hired hands intent on making him prove his worth, to find his father away, Hoss ill and Little Joe in a state of panic. The results involves some very bad decisions, a dose of castor oil given in an all-out battle of wills, and hurt feelings. This story takes a serious turn when Hoss’ attempt to give his brother a “taste of his own medicine” goes horribly wrong.
Rated: K+   WC 11,300

It’s Only a Year #3 – The Worst of Consequences – A Lesson in Choice (by Miss Judy)

Summary:   17 year old Adam has proven himself to the Ponderosa ranch hands after a summer of hazing, and is finally enjoying his last year home before leaving for school. But his life takes a dramatic turn when he is menaced by a new addition to the crew, and must decide whether the man is serious in his sinister intent, or it’s just another attempt to test his mettle.  Once Adam decides which it is, he makes choices that bring him into conflict with his father and lead to the worst of consequences.
Rated: K+  WC 16,000

It’s Only a Year #4 – The Quiet of Uncertainty – A Lesson in Hope (by Miss Judy)

Summary:  17 year-old Adam has been in his first gunfight and although his wound seemed minor, it worsened as he continued to work, until he lost so much blood that he was near death. We now find out what happened that night and who helps to heal a family wrought with sadness, guilt and decisions. There is no need to read the previous stories to enjoy this one. A young Abigail Jones makes her first appearance and Hop Sing makes a friend.
Rated: K+  15,000

It’s Only a Year #5 – The Final Trial – A Lesson in Mettle (by Miss Judy)

Summary:  The final episode of the prequel series, It’s Just a Year. Adam has remained home for a year longer than he’d planned before heading for college. In that time, he’s been hazed, poisoned, almost killed and now we find him healthy and camping with Hoss for a final brother’s weekend before leaving for Boston. The idyllic time takes an ominous turn when Adam realizes that someone’s been watching their camp and must soon face his worst fears again and save his brother from the same fate. As with all these stories, this can be read without reading the others first. This concluding episode brings the two oldest Cartwright boys together for some defining moments.
Rated: K+  WC  17,000

It’s Time (by BettyHT)

Suy:  Ben stops by to visit with an old friend on the occasion of a big change mmarin the family.  It’s a combination of some Pinecone challenges on Bonanza Brand and an April Fool’s challenge on another site with a story line to pull them all together.
rating = T  word count = 3298

I’ve Been Waiting for Christmas (by Tsti)

Summary:  Created for the 2016 Bonanza Brand Advent Calendar.
Rating:  K (39 words)

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