Stories
Summary:

A What Happened Instead story for No Less A Man. The Virginia City Town Council convinces Adam and Ben that Roy Coffee is no longer capable of doing his job. When Adam explains the situation to Roy, the sheriff swears him in as a deputy and then quits his job. It's then up to Adam to protect Virginia City from the Wagner Gang. When the gang arrives in town to rob the bank, Adam is injured. Ben, Hoss, Joe, and Roy all feel guilt for what has happened to Adam while serving Virginia City's citizens.


Categories: What Happens Instead?, Drama Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 10067 Read Count: 398
Published: 07/17/2008 Updated: 07/17/2008 [Report This]
Summary:

The ending of the pilot episode of Bonanza has always bothered me. Would Alphaeus Troy and the mine owners really have given up that easily?  What if the fight in Chinatown had ended differently and Little Joe never made that dinner date with Lotta Crabtree...?

Rated: PG-13 for Western violence and brutality

Word Count: 21,226


Categories: What Happens Instead?, Drama Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 7 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 21389 Read Count: 234
Published: 01/17/2019 Updated: 01/17/2019 [Report This]
A Tangled Web by Patina Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 3]
Summary:

A What Happened Instead story for The Lady From Baltimore. Deborah Banning's scheme to marry her daughter to a Cartwright had come to fruition when Joe proposed to Melinda. But Melinda was in love with Adam. What if Melinda decided to have Adam, no matter the cost?


Categories: What Happens Instead?, Drama Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 9583 Read Count: 410
Published: 07/17/2008 Updated: 07/17/2008 [Report This]
After Forever by RedShirt Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 2]
Summary:

A Cartwright son -- with family of his own to rely on -- returns to the Ponderosa just in time to stave off an outsiders' effort to take it from the remaining members of the original Cartwright clan.


Categories: What Happens Instead? Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 39553 Read Count: 280
Published: 02/26/2018 Updated: 02/26/2018 [Report This]
After the Fall by Monette Rated: PG [Reviews - 0]
Summary:

Fans were alternately devastated and relieved when Laura Dayton left Adam for Will. Here I'll share my vision of the event, starting with the fall from the house, what happened between the scenes we saw, and continuing on to how Adam finally gets full use of his legs again -- and his heart.


Categories: What Happens Instead?, Action/Adventure, Romance, What Happens Next? Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 13473 Read Count: 81
Published: 06/01/2020 Updated: 06/01/2020 [Report This]
Devil's Bargain by Patina Rated: PG-13 [Reviews - 21]
Summary:

WHI for Death at Dawn.


Categories: What Happens Instead?, Drama Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 5702 Read Count: 341
Published: 07/17/2008 Updated: 07/17/2008 [Report This]
Family Ties by Patina Rated: PG [Reviews - 6]
Summary:

WHI for The First Born and WHN for The Last Viking. Can Hoss protect Joe when Clay Stafford reveals Marie was his mother? Disclaimer: I don't own Bonanza or the Cartwrights. This story is for entertainment. Original plot is property of the author. No copyright infringement is intended against the scripts by Judith and George W. George or Anthony Lawrence.


Categories: Drama, What Happens Instead? Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 8098 Read Count: 105
Published: 08/02/2015 Updated: 08/02/2015 [Report This]
Fevered Dreams by Patina Rated: PG [Reviews - 34]
Summary:

WHI for The Savage.  Was Ruth Halverson real?  Did Adam really propose marriage to her?  This story attempts to explain some of the events in this episode.


Categories: What Happens Instead?, Drama Characters: Adam Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 4690 Read Count: 301
Published: 06/07/2008 Updated: 06/07/2008 [Report This]
Summary:

Joe rescues a mysterious girl from the river.

Written as a birthday present for a friend whose least favorite episode is Dark Star.


Categories: What Happens Instead?, Drama Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hop Sing, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3778 Read Count: 101
Published: 09/03/2012 Updated: 09/03/2012 [Report This]
Forever by Rider Rated: Family Friendly [Reviews - 10]
Summary:

Joe meets and marries Alice Harper


Categories: What Happens Instead?, Romance Characters: Little Joe Cartwright
Series: Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Cartwright
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1934 Read Count: 67
Published: 09/16/2011 Updated: 09/16/2011 [Report This]
Summary:

This is a What Happened Instead version of Marie, My Love. In the episode, The First Born, Marie's son was named Clay.He had quaiities I didn't care for, so I changed the character and his name to Charles. 

Ben goes to New Orleans to sell his furs and to let Jean D'Aurigny's family and friends know about his death. He meets Marie du Val D'Aurigny and falls in love with her. Can he persuade her to marry him? 


Categories: What Happens Instead?, Prequel Characters: All
Series: None
Chapters: 6 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 21930 Read Count: 464
Published: 12/07/2014 Updated: 12/07/2014 [Report This]
Summary:

A complete rewrite/extension of "Riot!"- Season 14, Episode 5 (or Episode 419).  When Adam arrives at the Nevada State Prison for a routine inspection, he is taken hostage by desperate inmates who are ready to change the prison's abusive conditions by any means necessary, even murder.  Outside the prison walls, Joe and Candy work together to end the riot and save Adam.  While trapped, Adam meets Griff King, a young covict who enlightens Adam about the corruption found at the prison.  


Categories: What Happens Instead?, Action/Adventure, Drama Characters: Adam Cartwright, Candy Canady, Griff King, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 15389 Read Count: 60
Published: 01/22/2014 Updated: 01/22/2014 [Report This]
Summary:

A violent storm, a frightened mare, and the matter of Adam's unexpected homecoming.  A WHI for A Matter of Circumstance.


Categories: Drama, What Happens Instead? Characters: Adam Cartwright, Ben Cartwright, Hoss (Eric) Cartwright, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 11076 Read Count: 25
Published: 07/04/2021 Updated: 07/04/2021 [Report This]
Summary:

A What Happened Instead to The Crucible. What if Joe went with Adam? WARNINGS: Rated due to bad language, descriptive violence, and extremely harmful injuries.


Categories: What Happens Instead?, Action/Adventure, Mystery, Drama Characters: Adam Cartwright, All, Little Joe Cartwright
Series: None
Chapters: 12 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 58390 Read Count: 2955
Published: 04/15/2011 Updated: 04/18/2011 [Report This]