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    In brutal horseplay, the two sons of a neighboring rancher beat and rape Little Joe. Living with the hellish aftermath, Joe was determined not to tell the family, causing a huge fight at home. So Joe decides it’s time to leave the Ponderosa.

    Final – Chapter 5: Gingerly he tested his grip: the fingers were too weak, too stiff. He’d just have to pray real hard that his life wouldn’t depend on his fast draw for the next few days. That had been a stupid thing to do – smashing his fists on Adam’s thick skull. He’d probably hurt his hands more than Adam’s face. Well, at least he’d put a dent in Adam’s love-life. Big brother wouldn’t be kissing anybody for awhile at least.

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    When Little Joe goes for a ride at midnight he doesn't realize that the morning after will change his life forever. Will Joe ever return to the Ponderosa? Joe is sixteen in this story and this is set before the series so it is AU.

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    Shanghaied shortly after Marie’s death, Ben went missing for seven long years. He was reunited with his sons in the nick of time, just before being legally declared dead. Now, the family is trying to pick up where they’d left off. The man held accountable for Ben’s disappearance, Ezra Grady, is dead; but that doesn’t mean the Cartwrights’ troubles are over. Ezra Grady’s silent partner-in-crime has yet another scheme in mind.

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    There's work to be done, and Adam isn't going to let a little stomach ache stop him, because he's fine.

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    A man of God who lacks true faith heads into the desert on a quest for miracles --- and draws the Cartwright brothers into his misbegotten pilgrimage.

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    In the original "Bonanza" episode, "The Stillness Within", Joe is blinded in an explosion. Hurt and angry, he refuses any attempt to get him to resume a normal life, particularly rebelling against the arrival of a teacher from the Braille Institute for the Blind. Over several weeks, Joe comes to trust Miss Dobbs, then to trust himself again. In the end, Miss Dobbs is so impressed by his progress that she suggests he return to San Francisco with her to train as a teacher. The very next morning, Joe wakes up with his sight fully and painlessly restored. Overjoyed, he runs to tell Miss Dobbs, only then to realize that she is blind.

    T.S.W. was a beautiful episode, but I always felt that the ending was too easy. By regaining his sight just in time to avoid making a decision about the teacher's proposal, Joe also avoided the character growth that would have come from having to face the tough decisions about how he would handle the changes to his life. Therefore, I thought I’d take a stab at an alternate ending, one not constrained by the realities of television production.

    This story picks up the morning after Miss Dobbs’ proposal, with Joe still blind.

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    A night of brotherly bonding is complicated by a group of distrustful vaqueros and a jug of pulque; and the morning after -- two days later -- opens Adam’s eyes to a whole new dimension in his relationship with Little Joe.

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    Ben Cartwright's third wife, his beloved Marie, has just died, leaving him with no children to his name. Yet, Ben will find out that there are some ties stronger than blood.

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    8/?
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    Young Little Joe goes looking for his mother, and Adam and Hoss are forced to go and track him down. Will Ben pull himself out of his grief in time to realize that he stands to lose those three things that are so precious to him?

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    The boys have been forced to accept heartrending loss. Is it time to move on?

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    1/1
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    After Little Joe’s testimony helps put a noose around the neck of a murderer, his nightmares are nothing compared to the reality that comes to haunt him.

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    17/17
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    13
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    Ben is away, and the boys decide to enjoy a night on the town. An evening of harmless entertainment turns into a harrowing race to save Joe’s life.

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    Adam and Joe are fighting again! One day they learn that things aren't what they seem.

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    The Cartwright brothers are pursued into Spirit Canyon where they face a mysterious and deadly opponent.

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    The conclusion to Harvest Dance. When the outlaws are returned to face justice, a series of violent events is initiated.

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    The annual Harvest Dance turns into a dangerous night on the town for fifteen-year-old Little Joe.

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    Caught in a blizzard on Christmas Eve, Joe follows his brother's song after the trail itself becomes obscured by the heavy snow.

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    A Chinese fairy-tale, an all-too-human Hop Sing and a carefree moment of make-believe usher the Cartwrights into a nightmare involving Chinese assassins and a beautiful, young woman two men will do anything to possess.

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    Joe’s biggest ever poker win results in Adam and Hoss playing for higher stakes than any of them could have imagined.

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    “Better mind what you do, son,” Roy added. “I’d like to hear you promise your pa and me, both, that you won’t go off half-cocked.”

    Adam forced a cold smile. “I assure you that won’t happen.” He meant it, too. After all, nothing worth doing was worth doing halfway.

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    A villain who thinks he’s a hero explains his “reasoning” to an incapacitated Little Joe.

    Warning: a brutal attack on a woman that happens off screen is alluded to but not described explicitly.

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    Chapters:
    1/1
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    2
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    2
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    2
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