The Darker Angels of Our Nature (by McFair)

Summary: An angel. A messenger. Sent to bring news, sometimes good, often bad. Which was this, the one who gazed at me? Had she come to reward or punish me? To return me to my family or cut me down as I deserved? Forgive me, Adam, Pa. Mama, forgive your little Joseph. If only, I had known….

Rated PG-13 for brutality and violence, minor torture, and some uncomfortable language.  Story contains words in use by some people in the South during the 1860s such as ‘dusky’, ‘bright’, and so on when referring to African Americans.

Word count: 71,074

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A Debt of Honour (by Questfan)

Summary: My entry for BoNaNo 2017. A trip back from Sacramento takes a deadly turn and Joe is separated from his brothers. Believing he caused their deaths and left traumatised, Joe is picked up by a father and daughter who are heading for California.

Rating: T Word Count: 23,769

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Christmas Wishes (by BluewindFarm)

Of Winters Past… and Our Little Piece of Snow-Covered Heaven were 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:

Of Winters Past… Ben and Little Joe enjoy an evening during what might be one of the last winters Joe enjoys snuggling on his Pa’s lap.

Our Little Piece of Snow-Covered Heaven – Ben searches for a missing son, amid memories of a certain winter.

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The Biggest Miracle of All (by McFair_58)

Summary: Just before Christmas Ben Cartwright makes a choice he will soon regret. He allows his twelve-year-old son, Joseph, to help the young woman who is filling in for Abigail Jones over the holidays find her way home. Little does Ben know that the blue sky of morning will soon become the deep gray of an approaching snow storm, and that his son and his teacher will need a miracle to survive.

Rated: PG-13 Word Count: 12,321

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The Squirrel’s Stash – Part 2 (by Questfan)

Summary: Some more Pinecone Challenges for my pet squirrel to chew over. Each chapter has a lyric prompt and had to be no more than 500 words.

Word Count: 6315  Rating: T

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Fear No Evil (By Questfan)

Summary: Based on The Kingdom of Fear episode. Ben, Hoss, Joe and Candy are captured and illegally found guilty of trespassing so they can be used as slave labour in a gold mine. There is no hope of escape and no hope of parole.

Word Count: 9621 Rating: T

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Keep Your Eyes on the Sun (by McFair)

Summary:  Nearly a year after Little Joe was kidnapped by Wade Bosh a new threat arises born of an old pain. Can the Cartwrights survive being drawn into the tangled web woven by the choices Rosey O’Rourke made long ago?

Rating:  T  (69,970 words)

Blood and Bread Series:  

Blood and Bread
Keep Your Eyes on the Sun
Thirty-Six Ways to Get Out of Trouble

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The Cup of Bitterness (by Questfan)

Summary: After being cleared for shooting Zach Crenshaw in self-defense, Joe tried to square things with Zach’s father. While he thought he was helping Amos Crenshaw to dig a well, Amos had other plans for that hole. A WHI for “The Wormwood Cup.”

Word Count: 9,689 Rating: T

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Always (by BluewindFarm)

Summary:  The days and weeks after one of the worst times on the Ponderosa culminates in a moment between father and son.  What should have happened.

Rating:  G  (625 words)

Remembering Hoss Series:

Always
And I’ve Got Mine… (Until the Pain’s a Cloud of Dust)
What We Didn’t Choose
Momma Liked the Roses

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