Stories by Title O

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O Come, O Come Emmanuel (by freyakendra)

Summary: Caught in a blizzard on Christmas Eve, Joe follows his brother’s song after the trail itself becomes obscured by the heavy snow.
Rated: K+ WC 2500

Obeying Orders (by Rona)

Summary:  Being asked to scout for the army leads to a terrifying ordeal for Joe.
(10,110 words)  Rated: T

Obscuration (by PSW)

Summary:  WHB for Winter Kill.  Returning from Montana, Ben, Hoss, and Joe witness a rare natural phenomenon.  Written to celebrate today’s total solar eclipse — those two and a half minutes may possibly be the very coolest thing I have ever seen.
Rating: K  Word Count: 1899

Obsession (by JoanS)

Summary: A strange ranch hand develops an obsession with Joe.
Rated: T (12,825 words)

Odyssey (by LissaB)

Summary:  As Ben travels to see an ill Adam at Harvard, he recalls a similar journey they made together so many years ago, from Boston to what was eventually to become the Ponderosa.
Rating:  K+  (101,875 words)

Of Little Boys and Puppy Dog Tails (by Questfan)

Summary: It has only been a short time since the family lost Marie and each of them is struggling to come to terms with it. None of them could have foreseen the impact one small, stray dog would have on the whole family.
Word Count:  5846     Rating: T

Of Love and Loss (by Annie K Cowgirl)

Summary: Ben and Hoss have a heart to heart about lost loves.
Rating:  K (tissue warning)  (1,500)

Of Men and Angels (by Inca)

Summary:  Written for the 2016 Bonanza Brand Advent Calendar.
Rating:  K  ( 1,470 words)

Of Mothers and Fathers (by Annie K Cowgirl)

Summary: Ben’s announcement of his upcoming marriage to a young, widowed woman brings about a serious talk between a ten-year-old Joe and his older brother, Adam
Rating:  K  (1,625)

Of One Man’s Blood (by DebbieB)

Summary:  Ben’s three sons have vanished, but where could they be?  Months of worry and fear leave him devastated over his loss.  When Ben offers the Ponderosa for sale, a reformed criminal comes to Ben’s aide and together they set sail on the high seas in search of Ben’s most cherished of life’s gifts, his three sons.
Rated:  R  Subject matter hints at sexual content, contains cruel and inhumane treatment to certain individuals and deals with white slavery.  May not be suited for all readers…proceed accordingly.  By clicking into the story, you are adhering to the warning that has been posted.   (42,600 words)

Oh What a Tangled Web we Weave (by Terri)

Summary: When Charley joins the cattle drive, he causes one headache after another for Joe and his family. Only Joe is aware that Charley is not all he seems!!
Rated: T WC 14,000

Oh, Ducky! (by BettyHT)

Summary:  Because of a misunderstanding, Ben offers Adam as an escort for Clementine Hawkins’ niece for a week starting on a Sunday. Things quickly get difficult for Adam until there’s a problem with potential lifetime consequences. Remorseful, Ben steps in to help his son out of that one, and then helps Adam get some revenge on his brothers too. It’s all in good fun, or mostly it is.
rating = T  word count = 4146

Old Demons (by JoanS)

Summary: A college friend of Adam’s causes trouble for both Adam and Joe.
Rated: T (18,955 words)

Old Man Dizzy (by pbeaking)

Summary: Adam and Hoss Cartwright reflect on the memory of an old ranch hand.
Rating K  Words 800

Ole Daniel (by DJK)  

Summary: Each of Ben Cartwright’s sons had a meeting with Old Daniel. Only Hoss realized the danger they faced when they did.
rating T word count 3126

On a Wedding Day (by Krystyna)

Summary: Laura’s wedding day – how does everyone actually feel about this coming marriage?
Rated: K+ (4,745 words)

On a Winter Morning (by the Tahoe Ladies)

Summary: An interesting meeting for Ben.
Rated: T  Word Count:  2200

On Butterfly Wings (by Krystyna)

Summary: This is a little story about a little boy who never knew his Mama but loves her and when he overhears some gossip he mistakenly thinks his Mama is alive after all.
Rated: K+ (21,150 words)

On Edge (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  Joe’s in a precarious position, and he can only pray that rescue will come before it’s too late.
Rating: T ( 2329 words)

On My Way (by SallyAnn)

Summary: Joe is having difficulty dealing with his grief over losing love and proving he’s an adult by taking it out on his family. This leads to trouble for him and his entire family. Set after “The Julia Bulette Story.”  Rated: T  (7,230 words)

On the Edge (by Krystyna)

Summary: It’s hot and work is hard for Adam and Hoss while Joe is off on a jaunt elsewhere. Then Adam wakes up during the night knowing that Joe needs help …
Rated: K (19,285 words)

On the Hunt for Brotherhood (by Puchi Ann)

Summary:  My Camp in the Pines story, using the following words from the fishing tournament:  eggs, petticoat, gunshot wound.  Adam had been reluctant to take sixteen-year-old Little Joe on a hunting trip, but when he is Incapacitated by a freak accident, only his baby brother stands between him and certain death.
Rating: T   Word Count:  16,760

On the Warpath (by ChristyG)

Summary:  Everyone take cover .  Someone’s on the warpath.  Just how will they rescue themselves?
Rating:  K (1,645 words)

On this Night (by bahj)

Summary: Ben is lying on his death bed when three ghostly visitors from the past step in to change the course of fate.
Rating K+ / Word count 1,410

Once Upon a Christmas (by DebbieB & JennieA)

Summary:   With Christmas fast approaching, the Cartwrights race against time to prolong the magic of Christmas from fading on the Ponderosa.
Rated: G (16,570 words)

Once Upon a Christmas (by JennieA & DebbieB)

Summary:   With Christmas fast approaching, the Cartwrights race against time to prolong the magic of Christmas from fading on the Ponderosa.
Rated: G (16,570 words)

One Bad Day (by Barbara)

Summary:  When it rains it pours for Adam who experiences a run of bad luck
Rated: T (6,100 words)

One Brother from Boston (by DonnaM)

Summary:  Hoss and Joe invite Adam to come home from Boston for Christmas. Ben also has a hand in bringing “One Brother from Boston,” and so do an angelic helper and a stranger from Minnesota.
Rating:  K  (6,910 word)

One Bullet & Holding to Hope (by freyakendra)

Summary: One Bullet->: Wounded and running out of time, Joe’s only hope is his ability to believe that a single bullet can make any difference at all. Keywords: SJS, JPM, drama
Holding to Hope->: (Sequel to One Bullet.) In the wake of Annie Grainger’s murder, Joe’s family and hers are brought together in bitterness, compassion, and a shared need for hope: one, for survival of the body; the other, for survival of the soul.
WC  10,200

One Candle (by Cheaux)

Summary: A tragic event in Virginia City sends shock waves across the globe and spurs Adam to return home to find the truth.
Rated: T  WC 16,000

One for the Ages (by Justafan)

Summary:  A story of a friendship that ran deeper than blood.  Submitted in response to a 2016 Pinecone Challenge.
Rating:  K  (537 words)

One Golden Summer (by bahj)

Summary: Thirteen-year-old Hoss has to deal with changes, both at home and within himself. In the midst of his confusion a young girl enters his life. She gives Hoss a new perspective and together they share “One Golden Summer”.
Rated: Family Friendly / Word count: 20,000

One Hell of a Trip (by JoanS)

Summary: Ben finds it necessary to take a young Little Joe on a long stagecoach trip.
Rated: K (7,090 words)

One Hour (by JoeC)

Summary: In one hour good and bad can happen.
Rating T (675 words). Warning: Don’t read it if you are a sensitive person

One in One Hundred and Thirty (by KateP)

Summary:   The story is an attempt to look at the effects of epilepsy on a sufferer and their family. Oh, and the title refers to the number of epilepsy sufferers in the U.K at present – it really is that common. Rated: K+ (20,180 words)

One Last Goodbye (by slaine89)

Summary:  A look into the last few moments of Hoss Cartwright’s life. My tribute to both the character and the actor that played him.
Rated: K+ (1,170 words)

One Little Two Little Three Little Thunderbirds (by McFair)

Summary:  A friend of Ben’s comes for a visit, bringing with him his three daughters and a dark secret from his past. At first it appears the greatest danger the visit presents lies in the insanity of a trio of young females in the Cartwright household. All too soon it becomes apparent that Gil Jenkins’ demons have not been laid to rest and threaten not only him, but the Cartwrights as well.
Rated: PG-13  WC 79,400

One Lucky Man (by DebbieB)

Summay:  A prank, an accusation, and a journey to death’s door, shows all of the Cartwrights and a few others, just how lucky one man can truly be.
Rating:  PG  (19,650 words)

One More Brother (by DebbieB)

Summary:  A WHN story for Credit for A Kill.  When the shooting stopped and the last remaining Jordan brothers were pronounced dead, Joe Cartwright sighed in relief, his troubles were over.  Or so he thought; what he hadn’t counted on was that Luke, Virgil, Boone and Walt Jordan had one more brother, and that brother was set on revenge.
Rated:   G  (7,000 words)

One Night in Bear River (by SusanG)

Summary:  Having delivered the herd, the Cartwrights were only planning to spend one night in town before heading home.
Rating:  T  (6,960 words)

One of a Kind (by Miss Judy)

Summary: This “what happens later” story for Thanks for Everything, Friend, picks up after Tom Wilson has been dead for several months and a woman comes to Virginia City with one goal in mind: to kill Adam Cartwright for his role in Tom’s death. She holds Adam at gunpoint as she presses her case against him, and he tries to help her see the truth before she pulls the trigger.
Rating: K  Word Count: 9492

One of Those Days (by HelenA)

Summary:  Did you ever known anyone to have ‘one of those days’ that stretched into an entire week?  No?  Well sit back and let Joe tell you all about it.
Rating:  K+  (20,630 words)

One Out of Six (by Heike)

Summary:  Little Joe and five of his school mates are playing a game that may come to a deadly end.
WC 850

One Shot (by rh2006fan)

Summary: A normal trip to the saloon turns tragic. I wrote this back in the summer, you may need some tissues with this too… Warning: Character death
Rated: T (1,450 words)

One Special Night (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: The Cartwrights await a VERY special delivery, leaving one of them to wonder what their future will hold.
Rating: K (1,705 words)

One Step Closer #1 – For Loves Sake Only (by Miss Judy)

Summary:  Adam promised Laura that he’d be back for their engagement party. But he’s delayed and during that time, he unexpectedly meets his first love – a young woman he knew in Boston. After an evening spent talking, they realize that they still love each other, yet they know that it can’t make a difference. Life and time have sent them in opposite directions and they part again, while wondering what might have happened if they had taken one step closer.  This is a what happens during, and after the episode, Triangle.
Rated: K+ WC 10,000

One Step Closer #2 – ‘Til Death Do We Part (by Miss Judy)

Summary:  Adam’s getting married! He’s moved to Boston to help his grandfather, and has begun to build a good life there, including an engagement to the girl he fell in love with during college.  Their wedding is set to coincide with an unexpected visit from Ben Cartwright.
All is well until Adam’s fiancee disappears and Ben and his son set out to find her. Adam battles a worsening illness along with the lies of those involved. He must rely on help from those more familiar with the city and at one point despairs as he asks his father why the women who love him…die. Will there be a wedding or will Adam sink further into loneliness and pain as another opportunity for love is torn away.
Rated: T  WC  82,700

One Step Closer #3 – Two Broken Hearts (by Miss Judy)

Summary:  Adam is back in Boston after a 12 year absence. His career has taken off in a prestigious engineering firm; he’s happily married to his college sweetheart, and he’ll be a featured performer at an upcoming choral production. But the life he’s made is destroyed in three weeks after a beautiful stranger hires him to build a wine cellar. He loses his job; his wife thinks he’s having an affair with the stranger, and he’s forced to participate in a federal crime, knowing that he won’t live through it, but hopes to stay alive long enough to protect the people he loves.
Rated: T   WC  28,000

One Step Closer #4 – In Search of Safety (by Miss Judy)

Summary:  Following a harrowing experience in Boston, Adam and his new wife head west to the Ponderosa for a visit, hoping to relax where they feel safe. Unfortunately Little Joe is not happy with their presence. Hoss helps sort things out between his brothers, but when one problem is solved, the Cartwrights “welcome” two more unexpected visitors. A misguided act by one of these guests brings near tragedy. This is a story of new lessons learned while old feelings are dealt with. It ends with Melinda and Adam in London, still wondering whether they can ever escape the trouble that seems to shadow them.
Rated: T  WC 36,000

One Step Closer #5 – From Two to Three (by Miss Judy)

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

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

Summary: Ben, Hoss and Little Joe head to Boston to be with Adam after receiving the devastating news that the entire Wadsworth family had perished at sea.  The Wadsworths had adopted Adam into their family when he’d been a student, and they’d renewed their support and friendship when he’d returned to marry Melinda and start a family twelve years later. Ben and the two brother find Adam coping, but staggering under the weight of his pain. Adding to his loss, Adam may lose his command over Wadsworth Engineering–the firm he’d helped make into a thriving business–when Frank Wadsworth’s will names an heir. Will this accumulation of loss be the final straw for Adam? Can the love and support of his family: his father and brothers from the West, and his grandfather, wife and children in the East, sustain him as he faces the absence of even more people he’d loved?
Rating: PG  (52,135 words)

One Way Ticket for the Pleasure (by mumu74)

Summary:  I hope, you’ll have so much pleasure reading it as I had, writing it… The handsome Adam Cartwright will be in the middle of an amazing adventure. R-Rated, because that story was written for the R-Forum writing challenge.
Rating:  MA  (2,250 words)

One Week (by bahj)

Summary: After discovering he has only one week left to live, Little Joe, in an effort to be remembered fondly, turns it into a week that no one will ever forget.
Rated: Family Friendly / Word count: 17,175

One Word at a Time (by Harper)

Summary: Adam hasn’t been home from college long before he clashes with the hands—but maybe that’s what he wanted….
(1,505 words) Rating K+

Only A Brother Can Know (by BettyHT)

SUMMARY: Adam is back, but he and Joe are at odds. Ben is surprised to find out why, but the big surprise is in what the brothers reveal in their conversation.
rating = T word count = 1238

Only Fifteen (by PSW)

Summary: A short WHN for ‘He Was Only Seven’ — a moment on the way back home.
Rating: G  Word Count: 1863

Only One Left (by DestinyAdams)

Summary:  He is the only one left.  Joe reflects. Written for the August Chaps and Spurs. Tissue warning!
Rated: K+ (1,150 words)

Only Skin Deep #1 (by Rona)

Summary:  When a chance thief breaks into the Ponderosa, Joe finds himself at the mercy of a killer who looks only too familiar.
(9,170 words)  Rated: T

Only Skin Deep #2 – Toil and Trouble (by Rona)

Summary: Joe becomes the victim of a series of attempts on his life. Why does everyone insist they have seen Adam around, when he is visiting a friend back east?
(11,060 words)  Rated: R

Only Skin Deep #3 – Wolf in the Fold (by Rona)

Summary: Joe’s nemesis returns. Will he survive this encounter?
(9,755 words)  Rated T

Only Skin Deep #4 – A Fresh Start (by Rona)

Summary:  Joe is sought out by a woman who wants him to help her husband. But when Joe discovers who the woman’s husband is, he wants nothing to do with him. Will he take no for an answer?
Rated: K+ (10,975)

Operation Barn Dance (by bahj)

Summary: Some women are worth a lot of trouble . . . but not all of them . . . (Just a short “cheesy” story :0)
Rated: Family Friendly / Word count: 2317

Options (by EPM)

Summary:  Two brothers separated, each thinking the other is dead.
Rated: T  WC 9200

Other Plans (by Home Alone)

Summary:  Ben has met a woman in town with a tragic past.  Drawn together by a common thread of lost love, their friendship grows until one night one of them makes a proposal for a closer relationship.
Rating:  MA/R  Word Count:  1755

Our Favorite Story (by acspeej)

Summary: A storm is raging outside, and the children are fearful because their father is very late getting home. They ask the woman to read their favorite story – it distracts and soothes them. It’s a very romantic story.
Rated K (3,875 words)

Our Little Joe (by BnzaGal)

Summary: Written for the Michael Landon’s 2011 Birthday – Literary Exercise where we had to put all the words of the song “Be Patient with Me” somewhere in our story.
Rated: K (1,295 words)

Our Little Town (by PSW)

Summary:  Little Joe and Mitch show off their school project.  Written for a Pinecone Challenge (June 15), and expanded for the Michael Landon Birthday Challenge.
Rating: K   Word Count: 1490

Our Secret Love’s No Secret Anymore (by DebbieB)

Summay:   Only one man that Ben knows of can be held responsible for Ben’s youngest son’s injuries, Austin Baker.  But why, after nearly twenty years, would an old friend want to seek revenge on Ben Cartwright?  A secret love from Ben’s past may hold the key that unlocks the door to the mystery and Ben’s heart.  Ben shares his secret with Adam and Hoss to help them understand why their brother was so badly beaten.
Rating:  G (10,275 words)

Out of Boredom Comes Fishing (by BluewindFarm)

Summary: It’s only been a few months since Adam left the Ponderosa; this story finds Hop Sing and Little Joe in the kitchen, talking.
(990 words)  Rating K

Out of Discord (by MaryS)

Summary:  Joe and Adam find are at odds after a misunderstanding, but soon find the themselves with only each other to rely on for survival.
Rated: G  (16,900 words)

Out of Mind (by Diana G)

Summary:  When Adam is found with a bullet in his back, Roy’s explanation is unbelievable.
Rating:  T   (20,720 words)

Out of the Darkness (by Sierra Girl)

Summary:  The murder of a friend, and the ensuing trial, lead an exhausted Adam to confront deeply buried fears and long-held guilt about events in his past. Will he come out the other side unscathed and able to face up to his father?
Rating: T   Word Count: 23,980 words

Out of the Shadows (by debpet)

Summary:  An empty warehouse, a mysterious but vaguely familiar stranger and a blue shirt. Will these things add up to tragedy for Ben Cartwright’s oldest son?
Rated: K+  WC 10,000

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

Out There (by VCLS)

Summary: Betrayal, wounded pride, and jealousy result in one hot tempered brother missing, one having nightmares, one logical brother searching … all is not as you might think.
Rating: T (8,600 words)

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