45 Surprise Party » Matt's turning 40. Sam relates how Kitty & friends work against the odds to pull off a surprise celebration.
Gunsmoke, K, English, Friendship & Romance, chapters: 5, words: 6k+, favs: 1, follows: 2, updated: 4/23 published: 4/20, Matt D., Doc. A., Sam N., Kitty R.
91 Law Lesson » Judge Brooker agrees Cal Sr. & Mark Strom should be tried in Meade if there's to be any chance of a fair trial for the 2 remaining who nearly hung Kitty & Festus. Matt, Kitty, Doc & Festus are witnesses for the prosecution while Breck Taylor acts for the defense. An ATC to The Avengers.
Gunsmoke, K+, English, Crime & Romance, chapters: 12, words: 20k+, favs: 2, follows: 3, updated: 3/3 published: 2/20, Matt D., Doc. A., Kitty R., Festus H.
10 What Goes Around » Matt has his hands full trying to prove two men are killers and spoilers. It looks hopeless until two wranglers and one of Kitty's girls help him resolve his problem. Thanks to my coauthor jonthepiperson for the initial idea and fresh characters/plot. I mostly polished his story with a few additions.
Gunsmoke, K, English, Crime & Western, chapters: 6, words: 8k+, follows: 1, 1/4, Matt D., Kitty R.
11 Rash Decision A MM for Kitty as she reflects on how she came to be stranded on the prairie after Jim Rackmil seemingly abandons her to fend for herself when Indians show up. As she hides, she hopes for rescue hopefully from Matt, since she now has no means to rescue herself.
Gunsmoke, K, English, Hurt/Comfort & Romance, words: 1k+, favs: 2, follows: 1, 9/27/2020, Matt D., Kitty R.
8 Trouble in Mind In an ATC to Kitty's Outlaw, Kitty reflects on her reaction to the sudden appearance of her first love from when she was just a girl, Cole Yankton, & how that affects her mature love for Matt. She owes Matt an explanation, but sometimes finding the moment takes time.
Gunsmoke, K, English, Romance, words: 1k+, favs: 1, 9/25/2020, Matt D., Kitty R.
7 All That for a Will Print Quimby wants Matt Dillon to handle Cliff Shanks' will. If Judge Brooking validates it, Matt will have to deal with an inheritance.
Gunsmoke, K, English, Friendship & Romance, words: 1k+, favs: 1, 8/16/2020, Matt D., Kitty R.
62 Shelter Dilemma » Matt is glad the pretty girl invited him inside her family's cabin until her pa and brother arrive following the downpour. Instead of continuing home to Dodge and Kitty her pa's shotgun forces him to stay.
Gunsmoke, K, English, Romance & Friendship, chapters: 11, words: 13k+, favs: 5, follows: 2, updated: 7/31/2020 published: 7/21/2020, Matt D., Kitty R.
9 Aid and Comfort Kitty reflects on invents in her life leading up to the events in Matt for Murder. A short ATC has our favorite couple celebrating the outcome.
Gunsmoke, K+, English, Romance & Angst, words: 2k+, favs: 1, 4/23/2020, Matt D., Kitty R.
18 Welcome to Tornado Country » Sometimes weather plays havoc with a romantic getaway. Matt & Kitty find shelter from an approaching tornado only to be trapped with two men in odd uniforms & devices in a cave. This is primarily a Gunsmoke story.
StarTrek: The Original Series & Gunsmoke, K, English, Suspense & Sci-Fi, chapters: 5, words: 6k+, favs: 2, follows: 1, updated: 1/19/2020 published: 1/6/2020, J. Kirk, L. McCoy, Matt D., Kitty R.
14 Second Chance No thanks to the Gunther brothers Matt missed out on taking Kitty to breakfast. By successfully rescuing her from their clutches at a cabin out on the prairie he has another chance at their Delmonico's date and more.
Gunsmoke, K, English, Romance & Hurt/Comfort, words: 2k+, favs: 2, follows: 1, 11/14/2019, Matt D., Chester G., Kitty R.
31 Weathering the Storm » Natural storms have repercussions that last well beyond its immediate physical effects. Matt Kitty and the Benteen family face emotional and physical repercussions in an ATC to season 11's The Storm. Will the aftermath for Matt be physical or will it be purely emotional? Will Claude Benteen avoid the gallows because he put Matt's life ahead of his own?
Gunsmoke, K+, English, Friendship & Hurt/Comfort, chapters: 8, words: 12k+, favs: 3, follows: 3, updated: 9/9/2019 published: 8/25/2019, Matt D., Doc. A., Kitty R.
19 Fishin in the Dark Matt & Kitty met 3 1/2 years ago. An unseasonably warm May day brings out another side of Matt Dillon. He takes advantage of the weather & the relative quiet of his town to take the half owner of the Long Branch for the past year for some nighttime fishing. This romantic interlude was inspired by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band song of the same title as my story.
Gunsmoke, K+, English, Romance & Humor, words: 2k+, favs: 6, follows: 3, 1/29/2019, Matt D., Kitty R.
135 What Would I Be Without Her » About 4 months after being shot in the back Matt & Kitty go on a business/pleasure trip to Topeka. While there an accident severely injures Kitty at a time & place where the governor witnesses both the accident & the toll it takes on Matt. Thus it provides the background for Matt's encounter with the governor 8 or 9 months later during Hostage.
Gunsmoke, K+, English, Romance & Friendship, chapters: 12, words: 18k+, favs: 8, follows: 7, updated: 1/24/2019 published: 1/13/2019, Matt D., Doc. A., Kitty R.
13 A Hard Day's Night Matt and Kitty seek out each other after a particularly trying day/night at their jobs. Inspired by the Beatles tune of the same name.
Gunsmoke, K, English, Western & Romance, words: 2k+, favs: 2, follows: 2, 5/13/2018, Kitty R., Matt D.
75 Family and Other Entanglements » Even for a loner like Matt Dillon people from his childhood can both hinder and save this lawman's life. It takes a "cousin" to help him survive those who want him out of the way permanently. This is an ATC to both The Cousin and Anybody Can Kill a Marshal.
Gunsmoke, K+, English, Family & Crime, chapters: 11, words: 15k+, favs: 4, follows: 4, updated: 1/8/2017 published: 12/28/2016, Matt D., Doc. A., Chester G., Kitty R.
19 Birthday Surprise Kitty performs a service a few days prior to her birthday leading to events that reverberate more than 20 years later. The main story is set in season 2 before Kitty bought into the Long Branch at a time when she still partially earned a living in a way she wanted to leave behind & Matt could say she's known many men. Also realize Matt will act unusually for Kitty.
Gunsmoke, T, English, Romance & Family, words: 4k+, favs: 2, 12/15/2016, Kitty R., Matt D.
9 Risky Business Revisited It's 1893. 20 years have past since Vince & Vern Shoemaker went to state prison. The twin brothers seek money and revenge against those who put them there.
Gunsmoke, K, English, Crime, words: 2k+, favs: 2, 10/28/2016, Matt D., Kitty R.
86 Risky Business » While Matt tries to keep his condemned prisoner from killing him on the road to Hays Kitty faces similar threats from twin brothers bent on owning the Long Branch. Will Matt survive to return to Dodge in time to help Doc, Sam & Chester maker sure Kitty survives as well?
Gunsmoke, K+, English, Suspense & Romance, chapters: 10, words: 18k+, favs: 5, follows: 5, updated: 10/19/2016 published: 10/6/2016, Matt D., Kitty R., Doc. A., Sam N.
48 It's What He Deserves » Matt Dillon thinks he has enough problems dealing with crooked gamblers, drunken TX cowboys and a friend from his youth turned lawman hating gunman. That is until he's filled with hate upon spotting a man out of the corner of his eye he last saw when he was 10.
Gunsmoke, K+, English, Drama & Hurt/Comfort, chapters: 7, words: 11k+, favs: 4, follows: 3, updated: 8/9/2016 published: 8/3/2016, Matt D., Kitty R., Doc. A., Chester G.
76 A Grain of Truth » While Kitty's on a buying trip to St. Louis and Matt and Chester are following a lead on a couple of horse thieves far to the south, Dodge City is overrun. Kitty is the first to return to the chaos that ensues. By the time Matt returns the gang is entrenched and Kitty isn't safe even in her room. This is an ATC to season 4's Thoroughbreds & Kitty's Rebellion.
Gunsmoke, K+, English, Angst & Romance, chapters: 10, words: 13k+, favs: 3, follows: 3, updated: 6/28/2016 published: 6/20/2016