Author Page – AC1830

I’m from the US. I grew up with Bonanza. While I love all the characters, Adam is my favorite (and I like Candy too).

NEWEST:  Dead Men Tell no Tales — see summary below.

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A Brother’s Heartache (by AC1830)

Summary:  In She Walks in Beauty, Regan Miller nearly destroyed two brothers’ relationship.   So what happened from the time when Hoss nearly beat Adam to death to when they reunited in Virginia City? A missing scene, or two, for She Walks in Beauty.
Rating: K+, Word Count 1430

A Brother’s Treasure (by AC1830)

Summary:  One brother says good-bye to another.
Rating: – K, Word count – 1446

A Christmas Journey (by AC1830)

Summary:  As three of the Cartwrights are making their way home for Christmas, Ben becomes ill.   Adam and Hoss find a rancher willing to give them refuge from the cold and snow.   Little do they know, their rescuer has a connection with another journey the Cartwrights made many years earlier. Ben, Adam and Hoss find they’ve come full circle in their Christmas journeys.
Rating: = K, Word Count = 8705

A Different Conversation (by AC1830)

Summary:  Imagine the scene in The Ride where Adam and Ben are by the fire having a serious conversation.   What if father and son discussed something totally different?   This came from a dialogue-only challenge.
Rating: = K    WC = 818

A Heart of Hope (by AC1830)

A Heart of Hope 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 Miracle of Christmas lifts the veils of grief.

A Merry Heart (by AC1830)

Summary:  While Joe is missing his brother at Christmas, a friend’s tragedy gives Joe a new perspective on the Christmas spirit.
Rating: – K, WC – 1281

A Tribute to Pa (by AC1830)

Summary:  This is a Father’s Day tribute to our favorite Dad, and to all the dads and kids everywhere.
Rating:  K    WC = 1694

Angel of Love (by AC1830)

Summary – In the episode Gabrielle, one man was changed drastically by her consistent love. This is his reflection of that change. Written for a challenge of how Love Changes Everything. Based on the song by Andrew LLoyd Webber. Rating = K, WC = 804

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

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

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

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

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 

Circle of Life (by AC1830)Summary – Spending the day fishing can open up all sorts of discussions. Adam asks Joe for help with his troubled grandson, but the child isn’t the only one helped by the fresh air and touch of home that the Ponderosa offers. Thanks to a friend for the title.
Rating – K, Word Count – 4990
Colors (by AC1830)

Summary:  Colors on the Ponderosa can come from unexpected places.  My entry for World Poetry Day.
Rating – K, WC – 112

Cowboy Boots and Dancing Shoes, Part 1 (by AC1830)

Summary:  It is 1875.   After recovering from some family tragedies, Adam and Joe still don’t have their spark back.   Their wives come up with a plan to light their fires again.
Rating:  K (2354 words)

Cowboy Boots and Dancing Shoes, Part 2 (by AC1830)

Summary:  Adam and Joe are on their “vacations” planned by their wives.   Will they each be able to finally deal with their grief as well as rekindle their love for their wives?   This is a continuation of Cowboy Boots and Dancing Shoes.   I suggest reading, or re-reading, that one before beginning this story.   Also, I’ll issue a “tissue alert” for this one.
WC = 7694    Rating = K+

Dead Men Tell No Tales (by AC1830)
Summary – October challenge – write another worldly story involving one or all the Cartwrights. The unthinkable has happened – all four Cartwrights are dead!  Rating – K, Word count – 2045
Lo, I Am With You (by AC1830)

Summary:  One of the Cartwrights is badly injured.  He’s trying to get home.  Someone comes to his rescue and helps him until his brother can find him.  But who took care of him?
Rating = K  (1633 words)

Lost and Found (by AC1830)

Summary:  While in San Francisco with his father, ten year old Adam gets lost and is cared for by a special person.  Several years later, Adam has the chance to return the favor when he unknowingly saves the man’s life.
Rated K+   WC 1675

Never, Ever Mess with His…? (by AC1830)

Summary: Why is Adam in the dirt at Hoss’ feet?  Hoss is not going to like the answer.
Rating – K, WC – 823

Passions and Dreams (by AC1830)

Summary – Adam Cartwright and Lotta Crabtree were supposed to be strangers when her carriage broke down on the Ponderosa, but something in their demeanor seemed to say otherwise.  Based on the episode A Rose for Lotta. Dialogue in the last chapter is from the episode written by David Dortort.
Rating – T Word Count – 7909 

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

Searching for Life (by AC1830)

Summary:  When Ben and Inger left her brother Gunnar in Illinois (Inger, My Love), he was searching for his purpose in life, heading to the Canadian gold fields.  The Last Viking showed he maintained his wild side.  But how would his life have turned out if he had listened to his sister’s words? A WHI for The Last Viking. Rating – K+, WC – 5547

Shadows of  Friendship (by AC1830)

Summary:  In The Paiute War, Adam and Young Wolf, son of Chief Winnemucca, were once friends. What made Young Wolf end his friendship with Adam, although Winnemucca continues it with Ben and Adam?
Rating – T, Word Count – 4799

Somethin’ Worth Fightin’ For (by AC1830)

Summary: Written for the 2018 Missing Man Challenge – Add Adam into an episode after Season 6 as if he has always been there. I chose The Fighters, Season 7, Episode 30.
Rating – T, Word Count – 4662

Spirit Child (by AC1830)

Summary:  On his way home, Joe encounters a Spring snow storm and has to wait it out in a line shack. He has a visit from an unusual child who tells him troubling things about Adam, who has been gone for years.  Adam, in the mean time has suffered a great loss and has returned home. He and Hoss head into the mountains to meet with Joe.  Joe is desperate to get to Adam when he learns from the child that Adam has been injured on his way to the shack.  The brothers reconnect but soon learn the child is part of a terrible tragedy in Adam’s life. Will Adam find healing or more sorrow on his way home with his brothers?
Word count – 8814  Rating K+

Surprise! (by AC1830)

Summary:  Young Hoss and Joe have decided that Ben deserves a day off so they plan a special day with him, but Ben soon discovers it’s more special than anyone anticipated.
Rating K  Word Count 678

Takin’ a Break (by AC1830)

Summary: When July rolls in like a flaming freight train perhaps it’s best to just kick back and have a little fun.
Rating: K   Word Count: 922

The Long Night (by AC1830)

Summary:  This is a missing scene for My Brother’s Keeper.  What happened from the time Ben arrived home with eyes blazing and gun drawn, to the next morning when he and Adam appear quite calm, despite Adam’s horrific, days-long ordeal of caring for his brother?
Rating: K   WC = 1498

The Road Not Yet Taken (by AC1830)

Summary: A crossover story for the August 2018 challenge. The Cartwright brothers head to Mexico on a cattle-buying trip. While there Adam meets someone who will change the path of his life, but will it be a path he desires?Rating – K, WC – 18,500

The Witness Tree (by AC1830)

Summary:  Adam has been back from college for a few months but is having a hard time settling in with the ranch hands and his brothers. Through the wisdom of his father he learns some lessons about being a boss and a brother. A What-Happens-Years-Before the episode The Grand Swing.
Rating – K+, WC – 9978


Latest Update:  10.31.2018

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