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Pa?  You Listening?
(by JoaniePaiute)
Summary:  An intimate look at 5-year-old Adam’s thoughts on berry jam, Miss Inger, and what Pa should do about them both.
Rated: K   WC 800
Pa’s Best Man
(by Visage)
Summary:  Just a little unanswered scene (in my humble opinion) from ‘Inger, My Love.’ After Ben proposes to Inger in the street they both go off in the opposite direction of the boarding house forgetting all about poor Adam! (Which they seem to do a lot in this episode…) This is my attempt to fix that.
Rating: K  WC  2900
Pa’s Christmas Gift
(by HelenA)
Summary:  It’s Christmas time on the Ponderosa.  What are the boys planning to get Ben for Christmas?
Rating:  K  (5,785 words)
Pa’s Old Friend
(by Sibylle)
Summary:  A visit from Ben’s old friend leads to a startling realization.
Rated: T  WC 2200
Pains of Love
(by KateP)
Summary: Adam falls in love only to find he has a rival, his own father.
Rated: K+ (16,260 words)
Pains of Love #2 – A Flame Rekindled
(by KateP)
Summary: Sequel to Pains of Love. Twelve years have passed and now Carrie is back in town.
Rated: K+ (31,535 words)
Pains of Love #3 – Legacy of Love
(by KateP)
Summary: Two young visitors bring a surprise for the Cartwrights.
Rated: K+ (14,725 words)
Pandora’s Sisters
(by freyakendra)
Summary:  The unexpected arrival of a mysterious group of women complicates—and threatens—Cartwright lives, turning the Ponderosa into a decisive battleground.
Rated: T
Pandora’s Box
(by Krystyna)
Summary: Everyone at school had a secret in the family so Joe was convinced there had to be a secret in his own, and where better to find it than in a certain box in his father’s room.
Rating:  G  (2,190 words)
Pantalettes and Kisses and Passionate Misses
(by Puchi Ann)
Summary:  On a secret mission, adolescent Joe Cartwright tracks his best source of discovering what girls are hiding beneath their frilly drawers—his brother Adam.
Rating: K+    Word Count:  8954
Paradise #1 –
And So Ends
Another Day
in Paradise
(by the Tahoe Ladies)
Summary:  Joe finds himself traveling into a different type of town.
Rated MA – Adult Themes  Word Count: 12000
Paradise #2 –
Paradise Encore
(by the Tahoe Ladies)
Summary:  Adam retraces Joe’s steps and they lead him to Paradise.  Written by Tahoe Ladies Pam and Coyote.
Word Count: 11500  Rated MA – Adult Themes
Paradise Lost
(by Terri)
Summary: Adam has the chance to expand his ‘education’ before going to college, but little brothers, fallen angels and his ‘creator’ have different ideas.
Rated: T WC 4900
Part of the Rainbow #1
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  When an ex-slave comes to Virginia City, bringing with him, his son who enrolls in the local school, and whom Little Joe tries to befriend, the community is divided on the issue. Certain facts about the family begin to surface, teaching everyone that every child is part of God’s beautiful rainbow.
Rated:  PG13 (deals with racism) (15, 450 words)
Part of the Rainbow #2 – The Dark Side of the Rainbow
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  Part 2 of Part of the Rainbow.  Five years later Joe meets his old friend and now US Marshal, Bass Reeves, but this time under much different circumstances.  Both learn that there are two sides to the rainbow…can one help the other see beyond the dark side of the rainbow?
Rated:  PG (17,300 words)
Partners
(by Sibylle)
Summary:  Adam Cartwright relates an early adventure of the three Cartwright brothers
Word count:  6191          Rating: K
Passages
(by dbird)
Summary: From tragedy to laughter, a family’s life is made up of many passages.
Rated: K+ (11,680 words)
Passing Time and Popping Corn
(by patina)
Summary:  After a long day of fence repairs, Adam, Hoss, and Joe decide to camp by the lake. What could be better on a chilly night than some hot popcorn?
Rating: K   Word Count=1792
Payback
(by storm)
Summary:   This is my story for the Halloween challenge.
Rated: K+   3300
Payback for a Kill
(by HelenD & JennyD)
Summary:  A WHN for Credit for a Kill.
Rating:  T   (15,700 words)
Payback for a Kill
(by JennyD & HelenB)
Summary:  A WHN for Credit for a Kill.
Rating:  T   (15,700 words)
Paying the Price
(by SusanG)
Summary:  Will it be worth the cost to refuse to sell lumber to a new mine owner?
Rating:  T  (20,180 words)
Payment Due
(by EPM)
Summary:  Someone is trying to take a piece of the Ponderosa, Ben is shot and Adam meets an old acquaintance.
Rated: K+ (15,400 words)
Perchance to Dream
(by EPM)
Summary:  A Post Script for the series and the actors we so grew to love.
Rating K+  WC 1300
Perro 1 – A Dog Called Perro
(by KateP)
Summary: Ben and Joe head into trouble.
Rated: K+ (7,760 words)
Perro 2 – From the Flames
(by KateP)
Summary: Perro part 2 – second in the series
Rated: K+ (8,470 words)
Perro 3 –The Tracker
(by KateP)
Summary: The third in the Perro Trilogy. Joe is in mortal peril.
Rated: K+ (13,005 words)
Phoenix Series – Book 1 – Chained
(by the Tahoe Ladies)
Summary: The boys thought they would have some fun, only their fun brought down dire consequences for one of the Cartwrights. He reacted based on how he was taught; now he stands on the precipice between justice and revenge. Which will win?
Rated T Word Count: 61,990
Phoenix Series – Book 2 – Rising
(by the Tahoe Ladies)
Summary: Always the youngest and smallest and trying to measure up; how can events of the past cannot be forgotten when faced with the stark reality on a daily basis. Can he accept and live with the truth?
Rated T Word Count: 54,713
Phoenix Series – Book 3 – Freed
(by the Tahoe Ladies)
Summary: Like the Phoenix, one must be totally broken and consumed by the flames of the past in order to rise again… stronger, better, a Cartwright no doubt.
Rated T Word Count: 52887
Physics 101
(by the Tahoe Ladies)
Summary: Adam becomes the ‘butt’ of a joke…
Rated: K+ Word Count: 730
Picking up the Pieces
(by pbeaking)
Summary: Ben returns to the Ponderosa after a month long absence in San Francisco. He brings along a long-time family friend as a guest in the house. A warm homecoming soon turns into turmoil when Joe finds this guest a threat to his mother’s memory and Adam adds to the issues by choosing to announce his plans for the future at the most inopportune time. It is up to Ben to pick up all the pieces and reassemble his family once more.
Rating: K+ WC 12,000
Picking up the Threads
(by JoanS)
Summary: Ben finds it difficult to re-enter his boys’ lives after Marie’s death.
Rated: K (13,335 words)
Picnic Day
(by HelenA)
Summary:  The cat gets the mouse or should it be, the middle brother gets the girl.
Rating: K  (1,180 words)
Pico Pete
(by JennyG)
Summary:  Trouble comes in all sizes and shapes.  This one is 5’5” and tough as an old boot.  A rare first person story.
Rating:  T (13,085 words)
Picture This
(by the Giggly Sisters)
Summary: The pictures on the walls of a house tell us so much about the occupants. What do the pictures at the Ponderosa say?
Rated: K+ WC 1800
Piney Woods
(by Frasrgrl)
Summary: Joe is on one of his regular visits to Carrie Prickett when trouble breaks out.
Word count: 2,461 (Rating:  K+)
Pins and Needles
(by patina)
Summary:  Written for an SJS/JPM lover’s birthday. Going to town to get the buggy fixed and to get the mail was easy. Getting home was far more difficult.
Rating: K+  Word Count=4189
Pitfalls
(by Rona)
Summary: WHN for the episode The Trap. What did Joe and Booth say to each other in that tantalising missing scene. And what happened after that?
(11,520 words) Rated: T
Plague
(by SusanG)
Summary:  An epidemic strikes Virginia City, and the Ponderosa.
Rating:  T    (13,280 words)
Plain Jane
(by Dodo)
Summary: Two years have passed since Alice was murdered. Joe remains convinced he will never find happiness again. But fate decides otherwise…..
Rated: T  Word Count: 38983
Play Before Bedtime
(by Terri)
Summary: After a confrontation with Adam, Joe rides away from the house and into trouble.
Rated: K+ WC 2000
Playing Soldiers #1
(by Dodo)
Summary: A childhood dream becomes reality for Joe in a most unexpected way.
Rated: K+ Word Count: 27896
Playing Soldiers #2 – Never Say Never
(by Dodo)
Summary: Joe’s return to the Ponderosa soon turns into a nightmare.
Rated: K+  Word Count: 20730
Playing With Fire
(by Donna)
Summary: A story created as the result of Ma Hoad’s Valentine R Challenge. Joe confronts Don Miguel’s hot-tempered daughter Margarita….. and what happens surprises them both.
Rated MA (2,500 words)
*Warning* This story is rated for Mature Audiences only…. if you are offended by sexual content, please do not read.
Please, Not Again
(by Adam31845)
Summary:  A heartfelt plea as the family tries to reunite in the wake of Marie’s death.
Rating:  K (2,655 words)
Please, Tell me a Story
(by bahj)
Summary: When Adam begins to doubt his abilities his family bands together to help him keep his dreams alive.
Rated: Family Friendly / Word count: 2200
Poem:  “Tirza’s Lament”
(by JoaniePaiute)
Summary:  My response to the “Once Upon a Midnight Dreary” challenge of January 2017: a poem written in the Gothic style.  I’m not sure Poe would approve of my attempt, but Tirza has always fascinated me, and she insisted on being part of this writing challenge.
Rating: K   Word Count: 248
Poltergeist
(by pkmoonshine)
Summary:  A cruel taunt sets off a chain of unsettling events at the Cartwright homestead. Prequel to Poltergeist II, but NOT part of the “Bloodlines” Series.
Rating:   K+
Ponderosa Pachyderm
(by patina)
Summary:  A What Happened Next for Old Sheba.
Rating: K  Word Count=4287
Ponderosa Party
(by JoanS)
Summary: Ben decides to give Adam a welcome home party when he returns from college, but the preparations for it put a strain on everyone.
Rated: K (12,480 words)
Ponderosa Pining
(by freyakendra)
Summary:  Poems written in tribute to and framed around our boys, addressing the things that make them so special to us. Rated: K
“Ponderosa Pine” — An homage to the majestic guardian of Cartwright dreams.
“Ben’s Advice” — Cherish what you have, for blessings often carry a price
·“The Cartwright Brothers, Three” — A sad yet endearing tale of Adam, old and tired, returning to what isn’t quite the empty home he’d expected.
·“From Sea to Saddle” — A sonnet for Adam to honor Pernell’s birthday in response to a challenge posted by Cheaux at the forums.
·“To Joe” — When letters don’t suffice, Adam drafts a poem to help Joe understand why he left.
Ponderosa Tiger
(by AC1830)
Summary:  Adam gets into a sticky mess at Halloween.  This is a fun story written for an October 2015 photo challenge.  The posted picture was the challenge – what were Hoss and Joe looking at?
Rating K   Word count = 1000
Posies
(by pbeaking)
Summary: Ben has just found the very spot he wants to call home. Can he look past his fear and build his dream into a reality?
Rating: K 650
Power of Love
(by Rona)
Summary: Joe’s lack of interest in a new girl in town sparks a barrage of intimidation and tragedy.
(10,160 words) Rated: T
Power of Love #2 – At All Costs
(by Rona)
Summary:  A sequel to Power of Love. On a business trip to Sacramento, Joe encounters Bethany again. Will he survive this time?
Rated: K+ (11,470 words)
Practice Makes Perfect
(by patina)
Summary:  Marie is entering the final weeks of her pregnancy with the newest Cartwright. Will the baby’s birth go according to plan?
Rating: K  Word Count=3699
Precious Possessions
(by SusanG)
Summary:  After spending twenty years in prison, has a man returned to Virginia City to exact revenge?
Rating:  T   (11,540 words)
Prelude
(by JC2)
Synopsis: Sometimes life takes a man in a direction he never intended to go.
Rating: T    1682 Words
Premonition
(by EPM)
Summary: Poor judgement leads to a young man’s death, and Adam and Joe are caught in the aftermath.
Rated: K+ (13,490 words)
Premonition
(by pjb)
Summary:  Can a man truly know when he is going to die? If that time has arrived, can anything be done to change his fate?
Rated:  K+  WC  7000
Premonition
(by rh2006fan)
Summary:  A simple day in town turns into something more than expected, as a looming sense of apprehension strikes the Cartwrights.
Rated: K+  (5,330 words)
Prey
(by freyakendra)
Summary:  A dying man’s warning and a hunter anxious to target the ideal prey set Adam and Joe on a race for their lives.
Rated: T
Price of Friendship
(by DebbieB)
Summary:  My version of what happened next after Joe destroyed his lifelong friendship with Mitch Devlin in, Between Heaven and Earth.
Rated:  G   (3,450 words)
Pride and Ponderosa
(by sandspur)
Summary: What happens when Jane Austen’s ultimate chick-fic, “Pride & Prejudice,” crosses into the burly, macho, he-man world of Bonanza? Confusion? Kidnappings? Crossover characters from other series like “Bronco” and “the Big Valley”? Anything can happen—and anything does!
Rating: T. Totally clean, but one description of an unseemly death.  WC 86,200
Pride and Promises
(by Barbara)
Summary: With an increase the boys’ workload; will it be smooth sailing or will this be the straw to break the camel’s back?
Rating:  K+ (6,800 words)
Pride Before a Fall
(by JC)
Synopsis:   A poem about what can happen when a man’s pride gets in the way of love.  If the subject is a Cartwright, it’s bound to be Adam.
Rating: T  Word Count: 400
Pride of a Woman
(by Cheaux)
Summary: A WHN for Pride of a Man.  Joe has one more lesson to teach.
WC  1000  Rating:  T
Principium
(by patina)
Summary:  Some men stand by their principles, even when there may be a high price to pay for it. A WHIB for Death at Dawn.
Rating: T Word Count-1243
Priorities
(by JoanS)
Summary: A tasking mistress draws Ben away from his family. Will it take losing his family before he sets his priorities right?
Rating: K+   (19,460 words)
Prise au Piege
(by ViveAdam)
Summary: An unexpected visit sheds light on some of the privacy of Adam
Rated: MA WC 5500
Prisoner
(by pjb)
Summary:  When Little Joe is released from prison after serving two years for a crime he didn’t commit, he must fight to rebuild his life as the Cartwrights struggle to protect the bonds that hold the family close.
WARNING:  Contains references to violence and sexual assault.  Rated:  MA
Prisoner
(by SusanG)
Summary:  Accused of murder, the family appeals the conviction and sets out to prove Joe’s innocence.
Rating:  T   (52,510 words)
Private Affairs
(by jfclover)
Summary:  Two bullheaded brothers, a horse race, and an unexpected outcome lead the Cartwrights in searching for answers before one of Ben’s sons is taken to the gallows.
Rated PG  WC 15,500
Private Lessons
(by Gwynne)
SummaryAn unconventional older woman; an exceptional young man – everybody has to learn from someone, and Adam is fortunate to find the perfect teacher.
Rating:  T (6,245 words)
Prodigal Sons #1
(by Questfan)
Summary: Pitching brother against brother is a cruel game, but turning father against son is even better. Long buried hatred resurfaces in an unexpected way with devastating consequences for the whole family.
Word Count: 39,833   Rating: T
Prodigal Sons #2 – A Friend in Need
(by Questfan)
Summary: A sequel to Prodigal Sons with some of the characters from that story. When Adam receives an urgent telegram, calling in a marker, he has no idea what he is riding into. A tale of brothers and the bonds that hold them together, no matter what comes against them. This story does go into OC territory, but it all ties in with our favourite family along the way.
Word Count: 39,542     Rating: T
Progress?
(by Rona)
Summary:  The introduction of a mowing machine causes problems for the Cartwrights. (5,205 words)
Rated: T
Promises
(by Tauna Petit-Strawn)
Summary:  Adam made a promise he never really thought about during his college days. Now…he finds himself facing one fact…he has a promise to fulfill.
Rated: T (14,500 words)
Promises to Keep
(by jfclover)
Summary:  Ben Cartwright was an intelligent man. If a situation arose, he was generally able to pinpoint the source of the problem and come up with a sensible resolution. He’d built the Ponderosa on guts and determination alone. He’d raised three fine sons, and he wanted the best for each of them but under trying circumstances, would he choose to ignore the wishes of others and act alone? Could a concerned father’s decisions alienate one of his own?
Rated:  M  WC 49,800
Promises to Keep
(by SusanG)
Summary:  Rustler strike the ranches around Virginia City, leaving one family grieving and a second worried they too might lose a loved one.
Rating:  T    (25,550 words)
Protective Custody
(by Rona)
Summary: Joe witnesses a bank robbery, but he is treated more like a suspect than a witness. Can Adam and Hoss get to the bottom of what is going on before it costs Joe his life?
(9,455 words)  Rated: T
Protective Urges
(by Rona)
Summary: A series of mishaps and an illness show the Cartwrights that it’s not just Ben who has protective urges.
(11,425 words) Rated: T
Proud
(by pjb)
Summary:  A WHN for “The Quest.” Adam is taken aback by his reaction to Joe’s success with the Sun Mountain Mining Company contract.
Rated: K+  WC 8300
Proud
(by storm)
Summary:   This is my story for the May challenge.
Rated: K+ WC 700
Providence
(by Questfan)
Summary: When Joe returns home with a child that he claims is his, the story is not quite what anyone expects.
Rating – T   Word Count – 14,709
Prudence and the Frog
(by JoaniePaiute)
Summary:  What girl wouldn’t be distracted by Adam Cartwright’s presence in church? Shy, reserved Prudence Dane is no exception. Enter little Bobby, a baby frog, and…well, the devil makes her do it.
Rated: K  1250 words
Purgatory
(by freyakendra)
Summary:  After Joe is attacked by Apaches in an incident that threatens a fragile peace, he is left hanging somewhere between life and death, between Heaven and Hell, and, more importantly, between Army soldiers and Apache warriors on the verge of war. How long must his family watch before the risk of waiting outweighs the risk of action? With Ben facing the ultimate sacrifice, Adam drawn into a fight to the death, Hoss preparing for the worst, and Joe praying for the unthinkable, this is a tale of strength, courage and the limits of human endurance.
Rating:  T  WC 9600
Purls of Wisdom
(by Cheaux)
Summary:  One man’s trash is another’s treasure. Written for the Dan Blocker 2012 Birthday Challenge
WC 800 Rated: K
Puzzled
(by Barbara)
Summary:  A quiet evening at home with Ben and the boys results in a scolding for Joe, frustration for Adam, aggravation for Ben and satisfaction for Hoss.
Rated: T (2,160 words)

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