Stories by Marla Fair
Summary:

Created for the Bonanza Boomers 'In the heat of the moment' summer challenge to write a story set in the hottest time of year. Twenty-one year old Hoss Cartwright has a problem. Older brother Adam just took off into the desert without a word and Little Joe wants to follow him. Pa will have his hide, he knows. But it's awful hard to say 'no' to Little Joe...


Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Prequel Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 7 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 21451 Read Count: 40
Published: 09/09/2018 Updated: 09/09/2018 [Report This]
A Switch in His Shoe by Marla Fair Rated: Family Friendly starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 4]
Summary:

Written for 2016's celebration of Dan Blocker's birthday on Boomers.  

Lena and Charles Hoffweister have come to the Ponderosa for their annual December visit bringing tales of Germany's Wienachsten and its mystical creatures.  As strange things begin to happen in the ranch house, Hoss Cartwright becomes convinced that St. Nick's man-servant, a feller he calls 'K-necked', has come to bring judgment on them all.  


Categories: Prequel, Action/Adventure, Comedy, Holiday Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hop Sing, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 14585 Read Count: 62
Published: 12/09/2016 Updated: 12/09/2016 [Report This]
A Tale Told By An Idiot by Marla Fair Rated: Family Friendly starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 2]
Summary:

It is 1875. Two years later, Joe Cartwright's inability to cope with his wife's death is ruining his life. His Pa thinks getting away might be the answer. Little does Ben know that his decision will put Joe's life in danger, as well as the lives of the Ingalls' family who take a wounded Joe in and bring the wrath of a man who hates him down on their heads.


Categories: Drama Characters: Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 55673 Read Count: 35
Published: 10/14/2017 Updated: 10/14/2017 [Report This]
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 storm, and that his son and his teacher will need a miracle to survive.


Categories: Prequel, Action/Adventure, Drama, Holiday Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hop Sing, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 12396 Read Count: 78
Published: 12/13/2017 Updated: 12/13/2017 [Report This]
Summary:

A sequel to both 'Doubt That the Stars Are Fire' and 'Thirty Six Ways Out of Trouble'.  It has been five years since Joe Cartwright took Bella Carnaby as his wife and nearly twenty since he first met Rosey O'Rourke – a woman he knows his father loves, but one that life and time has conspired to keep away from the Ponderosa. A new threat and an old enemy appear to threaten the Cartwrights – will the end of their collective tale be joy, or tragedy?


Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Sequel Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Candy Canady, Hop Sing, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright, Sheriff Roy Coffee
Series: None
Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 82012 Read Count: 30
Published: 10/14/2018 Updated: 10/14/2018 [Report This]
Belly of the Whale by Marla Fair Rated: Family Friendly starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 2]
Summary:

14 year old Joe Cartwright was just trying to do something nice for a friend. Older brother Adam didn't see it that way. An argument between brothers sets off a series of events that turns into an unstoppable torrent of trouble which leaves one of Ben Cartwright's sons with a terrible task to perform, and another near death, trapped in the Belly of the Whale.


Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Prequel Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hop Sing, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright, Sheriff Roy Coffee
Series: None
Chapters: 5 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 76979 Read Count: 181
Published: 01/11/2017 Updated: 01/11/2017 [Report This]
Bittersweet by Marla Fair Rated: Family Friendly [Reviews - 0]
Summary:

Autumn at the Ranch submission.  It is October, a time of looking back and giving thanks for a harvest of blessings.  For Joe Cartwright, this is impossible.  The autumn marks one year since he lost his beloved brother, Hoss. Needing to escape, Joe heads out to visit to Carrie Pickett.  He never makes it.  Instead, Joe finds himself lost and alone and badly injured. Half-dead, he works his way toward a plume of smoke rising in the distance.  Little does Joe suspect that what he finds at the end of his journey will change his life forever.


Categories: Drama, What Happens Before?, What Happens Next? Characters: Ben Cartwright, Hop Sing, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 7 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 22366 Read Count: 111
Published: 10/22/2018 Updated: 10/22/2018 [Report This]
BLOOD AND BREAD by Marla Fair Rated: Family Friendly starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 2]
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Twelve-year-old Little Joe is late for supper. Hop Sing is hopping mad and Adam is none too pleased. When he heads for the stable to look for his brother, Adam expects an argument – what he gets is something else entirely. Something that begins in terror and rolls on toward tragedy. Will the Cartwrights ever be the same?

SJS,SAS,JPM,KIDNAP


Categories: Drama, Prequel Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hop Sing, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright, Sheriff Roy Coffee
Series: None
Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 93030 Read Count: 98
Published: 06/22/2017 Updated: 06/22/2017 [Report This]
Bootless Cries by Marla Fair Rated: PG-13 starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 8]
Summary:

Who would have thought that a pair of missing boots would propel the Cartwrights into the nightmare world of a madman? One morning Joe wakes up to find his boots gone and the mystery of how he lost them - and who is wearing them - leads to a series of events that could cost not only Joe's life, but Adam and Hoss' as well


Categories: Action/Adventure, Mystery Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hop Sing, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright, Sheriff Roy Coffee
Series: None
Chapters: 5 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 58796 Read Count: 392
Published: 03/29/2016 Updated: 06/22/2017 [Report This]
Bring Marie by Marla Fair Rated: PG starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 9]
Summary:

Summary:  A WHB or prequel to 'Between Heaven and Earth.' Have you ever wondered what happened when Little Joe climbed Eagle's Nest as a five year old boy that could have been so traumatic it resulted, not just in a fear of falling, but in total amnesia that lasted for nearly 20 years? This is my take on what happened when Ben Cartwright was told to 'Bring Marie'.


Categories: What Happens Before?, Drama, Prequel Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright, Sheriff Roy Coffee
Series: None
Chapters: 8 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 31043 Read Count: 61
Published: 04/11/2018 Updated: 04/11/2018 [Report This]
Doubt That The Stars Are Fire by Marla Fair Rated: Family Friendly starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 0]
Summary:

You asked for it - the next installment of the Joe Cartwright/Bella Carnaby story. Sequel to 'In The Darkness As In The Light'. Eight years have passed since Joe and Bella met. Both have experienced great tragedy. A letter from Ben Cartwright paves the way for them to meet again. But is it too late for their love?

Rated PG-13

This story takes place post-canon.


Categories: Drama, Romance Characters: Ben Cartwright, Candy Canady, Hop Sing, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Jamie Hunter, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 62589 Read Count: 21
Published: 06/04/2017 Updated: 06/04/2017 [Report This]
Gully Washer by Marla Fair Rated: PG-13 starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 16]
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With a storm approaching, Little Joe heads out to find the prize foal his father is so fond of and is caught in a flash flood.  While his brothers deal with their own fears, Ben Cartwright fights a battle to overcome despair and grief and face the very real fear that Joe may never be found. 


Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hop Sing, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright, Sheriff Roy Coffee
Series: None
Chapters: 9 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 43303 Read Count: 525
Published: 02/14/2016 Updated: 02/14/2016 [Report This]
Summary:

This is a sequel to 'Sunshine with a Little Hurricane' which, in turn, is a sequel to 'Wet Bottom, Warm Heart'.

A burned out stagecoach lies on its side, the victim of an Indian raid. There's a name on the coach manifest that makes Joe Cartwright's heart stand still. Can it be that Elizabeth Carnaby is dead? And, as the man who robbed the coach seeks personal vengeance against Ben Cartwright's youngest son – can Joe himself survive?


Categories: Drama, Romance Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hop Sing, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright, Sheriff Roy Coffee
Series: None
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 102215 Read Count: 90
Published: 04/06/2017 Updated: 04/06/2017 [Report This]
Summary:

12 year old Little Joe Cartwright loves black horses, especially the new black mare his brothers found and brought home.  Though their father disapproves, Little Joe knows she's the one for him and sets out to prove it.  Little does the boy know that the horse is not what she seems and that his love for her will put not only his own life, but the lives of his brothers in jeopardy.  What do an apparition, a wild black mare, a burned out ranchero, a stolen fortune, a group of desperate outlaws and Little Joe Cartwright have in common?

Mystery 


Categories: Action/Adventure, Mystery, Prequel Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hop Sing, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 7 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 25181 Read Count: 233
Published: 03/13/2017 Updated: 03/13/2017 [Report This]
Never Quote Me the Odds by Marla Fair Rated: Family Friendly starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 6]
Summary: Feature

Anyone who has watched the episode 'Once A Doctor' leaves the story with one burning question - where was Little Joe when Hoss was thought to be dying and, ultimately, operated on? This WHN is my answer to that question.


Categories: Drama, What Happens Next? Characters: Ben Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright, Sheriff Roy Coffee
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 4326 Read Count: 31
Published: 02/06/2018 Updated: 02/06/2018 [Report This]
Summary:

A friend of Ben's comes to the Ponderosa for a visit, bringing with him this three daughters and a dark secret from his past. At first it appears the greatest danger the visit presents lies with 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. Hoss is injured and Joe and Adam go missing as a mysterious creature with flashing eyes appears and begins to wing through the storm-ridden skies of Nevada seeking justice.    


Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Romance Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hop Sing, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright, Sheriff Roy Coffee
Series: None
Chapters: 6 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 79792 Read Count: 188
Published: 07/25/2016 Updated: 07/25/2016 [Report This]
Summary:

That baby brother of his, he could talk him into anythin'.  They shoulda been home, but instead they ended up campin' out near 13 year old Little Joe's litttle gal's house.  All would have been well and good if'n only Joe'd have stayed put.  But this was Joe and he didn't.  When he asked him how come, his baby brother said he didn't know. 

Was it a nightmare, Hoss wondered, that called Little Joe out into the mist and got him nearly drowned?

Or was is somethin' else?


Categories: Action/Adventure Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hop Sing, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 7714 Read Count: 16
Published: 10/26/2017 Updated: 10/26/2017 [Report This]
Same Pines Different Wind by Marla Fair Rated: Family Friendly starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 1]
Summary:

As Joe Cartwright helps the old woman, Carrie Pickett, prepare for winter on Crescent Mountain, the arrival of a beautiful young woman at the Ponderosa serves as a catalyst for an unexpected series of events that culminate in a showdown in the Piney Woods in which not only Joe, but Hoss and Ben, must face and overcome Victor Marks deep seated need for revenge.


Categories: Drama Characters: Ben Cartwright, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright, Sheriff Roy Coffee
Series: None
Chapters: 9 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 50765 Read Count: 86
Published: 08/03/2016 Updated: 08/03/2016 [Report This]
Summary:

The second in the Elizabeth Carnaby series and a sequel to 'Wet Bottom Warm Heart'. After 11 year old Elizabeth Carnaby saved Little Joe's life, he promised to bring her to the Ponderosa. She arrives along with a sudden winter storm that blows in not only a little fun but a whole lot of trouble, including a killer named Fleet Rowse who is looking to make easy money by lightening the load in Ben Cartwright's safe.

The stories stand alone or can be read in this order.  Sorry for posting part three before part two! 

1. Wet Bottom, Warm Heart

2. Sunshine with a Little Hurricane

3. In the Darkness As In the Light


Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Sequel Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright, Sheriff Roy Coffee
Series: None
Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 83275 Read Count: 27
Published: 04/16/2017 Updated: 04/16/2017 [Report This]
Summary:

Written for the Ponderosa Nightmares V challenge.  It is All Hallows Eve. Unwittingly, seventeen year old Adam issues a challenge to his four year old brother that puts Little Joe in danger.  If not for a close friend of Ben's, things might have turned out VERY different....


Categories: Action/Adventure Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hop Sing, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3630 Read Count: 56
Published: 10/26/2018 Updated: 10/26/2018 [Report This]
Summary:

A WHN and WHB for Bonanza's 13th season story 'Bushwhacked'. Have you ever wondered why, in his fever dreams, Little Joe saw his big brother Hoss holding a gun on him and pulling the trigger? This is my idea of why such a thought would have entered Joe Cartwright's head.


Categories: Drama, Prequel, What Happens Before?, What Happens Next? Characters: Adam Cartwright, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 5 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 13760 Read Count: 64
Published: 05/16/2018 Updated: 05/16/2018 [Report This]
Summary:

In 2269 an archaeologist digging in the ruins of the Bodie mine on Earth discovers skeletal remains dating to 1876. On the wrist of the dead man, who is wearing the remnants of a green jacket, is an alien device. Its discovery sends the crew of the Enterprise into the past to Ben Cartwright's Ponderosa where the eddies of time and an alien menace are moving together to doom Ben's youngest son.


Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hop Sing, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright, Sheriff Roy Coffee
Series: None
Chapters: 18 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 78087 Read Count: 303
Published: 10/31/2016 Updated: 10/31/2016 [Report This]
Summary:

My submission for the 2017 NaNoWriMo challenge.  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….


Categories: What Happens Next?, Drama Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hop Sing, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 16 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 71277 Read Count: 259
Published: 01/10/2018 Updated: 01/10/2018 [Report This]
The Devil's in the Details by Marla Fair Rated: Family Friendly starstarstarstarhalf-star [Reviews - 7]
Summary:

This grew out of a discussion on Bonanza Boomers regarding all the conflicting info about Joe's mother and his birth.

Ten year old Joseph Cartwright has been assigned a project by Miss Jones to write a paper about his mother. The trouble is, he's not quite sure what he knows so he asks for her help.


Categories: Prequel, Drama Characters: Ben Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2088 Read Count: 37
Published: 09/16/2016 Updated: 09/16/2016 [Report This]
The Lady with Yellow Hair by Marla Fair Rated: Family Friendly starstarstarstarstar [Reviews - 7]
Summary:

Written for November's fan fiction prop challenge.  Each year at Christmas a beautiful lady graces the Cartwright's Ponderosa ranch house.  From her post high atop their tree the little angel with cornflower yellow hair watches them.  A smile lights her face for she knows that, without her, Ben Cartwright's life would have been very different....


Categories: Mystery, Holiday, Prequel Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 5 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 8298 Read Count: 121
Published: 11/12/2018 Updated: 11/12/2018 [Report This]