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236 Oath of I'm Fine » by SycamoreSunrise Even wounded or ill, Jess insists "I'm fine." That phrase hides his condition, but it's also his solemn oath that he will triumph. Where did his 'never-give-in-to-the-pain' spirit come from? Ten short stories show what shaped Jess from the child to the gunfighter to Slim's pard. (Read a story or more; they make sense alone and together. Table of Contents in Chapter 1.) COMPLETE
Laramie, T, English, Drama & Hurt/Comfort, chapters: 46, words: 97k+, favs: 17, follows: 12, updated: 7/29/2023 published: 5/18/2023, Jess H., Slim S., Andy S., Jonesy
11Two Rebels by A Michigan Skylark The American poet Walt Whitman wrote movingly about soldiers he had met in army hospitals during the Civil War-in particular, one badly wounded young man who impressed him with his character and great courage. Could Jess Harper have been that soldier? What would the young Texas rebel have thought of the rebel poet from New York? What would the poet have thought of him?
Laramie, K, English, Western & Hurt/Comfort, words: 3k+, favs: 2, 10/21/2022, Jess H., Slim S., Andy S.
23 Choices » by RainyDogwood When a drifter shows up at the Sherman Ranch looking for work and holding a grudge, Slim, Jess, and Andy find themselves in more trouble than they could have possibly imagined.
Laramie, T, English, Hurt/Comfort & Angst, chapters: 15, words: 38k+, favs: 7, follows: 2, 6/9/2022, Jess H., Slim S., Andy S.
104 Leading to Defiance » by SycamoreSunrise Jess Harper has been at Sherman Ranch for only two weeks when he hears news about outlaw Frank Bannister. His reaction starts Slim Sherman on a discovery about his new ranch hand's violent past and volatile future. To build a friendship, they both will have to get through a passel of troubles and dangers! (Fills in some blanks and missing scenes for the "Men of Defiance" episode.)
Laramie, K+, English, Western & Drama, chapters: 15, words: 45k+, favs: 18, follows: 8, updated: 3/13/2022 published: 2/21/2022, Jess H., Slim S., Andy S., Jonesy
11 A Key to Great Joy by Jantallian Journeying home on Christmas Eve, an accidental encounter brings Jess unexpected friendship and unusual gifts.
Laramie, K, English, Friendship & Spiritual, words: 9k+, favs: 2, 12/24/2021, Jess H., OC
11 The Many Ways He Says My Name by MustangSallie Slim is in a very pensive mood as he remembers some of the ways Jess says his name.
Laramie, K, English, Western & Friendship, words: 1k+, favs: 5, 11/11/2021, Jess H., Slim S.
22 Spook » by Calico West Jess, a black cat and Halloween. ... This story is written as a tribute to my black cat, Duke that I lost earlier this year, honoring his life, bravery and love.
Laramie, T, English, Western & Drama, chapters: 8, words: 21k+, favs: 2, 10/30/2021, Jess H., Slim S., Andy S., Jonesy
28 A Low-Hanging Branch by RainyDogwood After a friend of Jess's is lynched at the Sherman Ranch, both Slim and Jess try to work through the aftermath. A What-Happened-In-Between for the episode "Dark Verdict." (Takes place after Jess confronts the lynch mob in the saloon.)
Laramie, T, English, Hurt/Comfort & Angst, words: 4k+, favs: 4, 10/3/2021, Jess H., Slim S.
10 Israelites » by Sevenstars Pre-series. Trying to track down Pete Morgan, Jess rides into a small Colorado town where he becomes involved with a shrewd Jewish JP who has a problem only a Texas gunslinger can solve.
Laramie, K+, English, Western & Adventure, chapters: 3, words: 56k+, favs: 2, follows: 2, 9/9/2021
19 But When It Comes to Jess and Women » by SycamoreSunrise Slim has tried to keep him out of trouble. Advised him. Warned him! But does Jess listen? Maybe not when it comes to women. And this time, the outcome could be mighty dangerous! (It's NOT what you may be thinking, pards. NOT a romance. And watch for the twist Slim won't see coming!)
Laramie, K+, English, Western & Friendship, chapters: 6, words: 7k+, favs: 5, follows: 1, 8/8/2021, Jess H., Slim S.
20 Brotherhood Begun » by SycamoreSunrise Pre-Laramie. During the Civil War, two young soldiers, Jess Harper and Slim Sherman, will unknowingly cross paths several times. And the life of one of them will depend on the actions and decisions of the other. (This is kind of a prequel to "Memories' Battle Cries." So if you liked that story, you'll likely want to jump into this one. But each story can stand as a separate read.)
Laramie, K+, English, Western & Hurt/Comfort, chapters: 7, words: 8k+, favs: 5, follows: 1, 7/21/2021, Jess H., Slim S.
11 Jess's Answer by Sevenstars A look at Slim through his pard's astonished eyes.
Laramie, K, English, Friendship, words: 962, favs: 5, follows: 2, 3/19/2021
44 No Home for a Gunfighter » by SycamoreSunrise Jess Harper's violent past catches up with him, bringing dangerous consequences. When the Sherman family and the town discover a gunslinger lives among them, will Jess lose his chance for a home and family? (Complete two-part story. Part Two begins in Chapter 13.)
Laramie, T, English, Western & Hurt/Comfort, chapters: 23, words: 63k+, favs: 16, follows: 7, updated: 3/4/2021 published: 3/3/2021, Jess H., Slim S., Mort C., Andy S.
9 Saints and Sinners The Complete Story: by SonoraDesertBloom This is the same Saints and Sinners story. However, it is all six parts compiled into one piece. I intended to separate this into chapters as well (a daunting task), but I cannot figure out how to do that as I upload the story from a separate writing platform. At any rate, I hope you enjoy reading the story if you haven't already.
Laramie, K+, English, Western & Friendship, words: 134k+, favs: 7, follows: 2, 3/2/2021, Jess H., Slim S., Mort C., Andy S.
23 The Jess Harper Story » by Sevenstars On his way to testify at a critical trial, Jess is ambushed, loses his memory, and is picked up by the Christopher Hale wagon train—whose scout Cooper Smith is en route to Laramie to buy beef cattle. #3 in the Laramie-WT trilogy.
Laramie, K+, English, Western & Adventure, chapters: 3, words: 61k+, favs: 13, follows: 3, 1/14/2021, Jess H., Slim S.
31The Great Privy Heist » by Laramie Station I know it's not Halloween. But the world is crazy and we need a little humor. The further adventures of a fledgling guardian angel in charge of (Uhm, well, more like "in cahoots with") our favorite cowboy, Jess Harper. What happens when you mix Halloween, Jess Harper, A Plan, and a Very Special Helper in the form of a Guardian Angel? Laramie will never be the same, just ask Mort
Laramie, K, English, Western & Humor, chapters: 15, words: 12k+, favs: 3, follows: 4, 6/23/2020
215 Long Is The Way And Hard » by WillowDryad Jess and Slim are on the trail of a pair of murderers, but that's the easy part. This story is COMPLETE. This gorgeous cover image was made by Wendy Maynes and is used with her permission.
Laramie, T, English, Angst & Hurt/Comfort, chapters: 18, words: 47k+, favs: 19, follows: 15, updated: 1/12/2020 published: 9/29/2019, Jess H., Slim S.
35 I Am Going To Take Up Drinking » by Laramie Station The further adventures of a fledgling Guardian Angel in charge of our favorite cowboy, Jess Harper. If you want to meet Maxwell, I recommend reading "Just Keep Him Alive" first. A short read that answers the burning question: How long does it take Jess Harper to drive an angel to drink? Hope you find both as fun to read as I did in writing them. Thanks for reading.
Laramie, K, English, Western & Humor, chapters: 7, words: 10k+, favs: 9, follows: 3, 8/3/2019
43 The Weight of Fire by WillowDryad For Jess Harper, fire is heavier than iron.
Laramie, T, English, Hurt/Comfort & Angst, words: 9k+, favs: 15, follows: 7, 7/8/2019, Daisy, Jess H., Slim S., Mike
10Their Handshake by A Michigan Skylark Whether at parting or in greeting, Slim and Jess seal the event with a gentleman's handshake. Though there are poignant handshakes in Track of the Jackal, Circle of Fire, Badge of the Outsider—I find the handshake in The Pass especially tender. Even after the handshake ends, the boys linger for a moment looking at each other, wondering in silence if they'll see each other again.
Laramie, K, English, Poetry & Family, words: 105, favs: 3, follows: 1, 10/8/2018
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