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Morgan's Corner

The Rifleman: Standing Alone

This section is dedicated to my stories that stand alone from the others. Some were written before “The Rifleman: Moving Forward,” and are referenced in the series below, while others were written afterward and deviate from the storyline and details of my saga. Since these are written to stand alone, different facts that aren't revealed in the television series (Mark and Lucas's birthdays, details about Lucas and Margaret's family, etc.) may differ from story to story. I loved writing, “The Rifleman: Moving Forward” and couldn't stop. So come along for the ride as we explore the life and bond Lucas and Mark McCain shared. Hold on to your hats, there's some rough terrain ahead!

A Promise Made - Mark tells of the events that led to Lucas allowing him to keep a hawk as a pet.
(A prequel to episode 29, “The Hawk.”)

Dead or Alive - “NO!” Mark boomed; briefly taken aback by the way he had spoken. “...I won’t stop. I won’t stay here and you can’t make me. My pa is out there, somewhere. Somewhere he shouldn’t be. I haven’t seen my pa in five weeks. Five weeks! For most of that, I’ve had to entertain the idea that he might be dead! But it doesn’t matter! Dead or alive, I’m going to find my pa, and I’m gonna bring him home, and I don’t care if it kills me!”

Strong and Brave Like You - While Lucas is in town, two dusty travelers arrive at the McCains’. Mark is excited to find out that these men are friends with his pa, but he soon begins to question their motives for being there.

Being Friends - A year after Margaret's passing, Lucas and Mark find themselves in Lubbock, Texas. Despite his worries that he won't be able to make any friends, Mark strikes up a friendship with one of his classmates. However, Mark soon discovers that his friend holds a dark secret.

The Evans Gang - A band of outlaws takes over North Fork, demanding the release of their leader.

Intentions - When a camping trip with Mark and his friends goes awry, Mark learns some valuable lessons that will change his life.

The Truth - Mark leaves North Fork in search of answers without telling Lucas where he’s going or when he’ll be back. The truth about Enid and his Pa, however, is far from what Mark ever imagined.

The Long Trail - Lucas and Micah are out of town when they discover Dan Hewitt has escaped from prison and is headed towards North Fork. Racing against time to get home, Lucas has yet to discover that Hewitt isn't Mark's only threat.

The Principle - More than once, Lucas has taken the witness stand despite the possible consequences. This time, Mark is determined to follow in his father’s footsteps and do the same.

Torn - Mark finds himself torn between his badge, his Pa, and the woman he loves. (Long story warning!)

Stubborn - Lucas is known for his stubbornness, but when he gets sick, Mark's own stubborn determination comes out. However, Mark is going to need all he can get when he finds himself lost and injured after a storm.

Your Little Boy - A man arrives at the McCain ranch, looking to learn how to run a ranch of his own. Learning that this man is the son of an old friend, Lucas invites him to stay for a while. Mark, however, is leery of the stranger and fears for his father's safety.

Four Simple Words - Lucas and Mark’s father-son relationship is put to the test when two brothers come looking for revenge and Mark begins hiding things from his Pa.

Fighting for Memories - Mark struggles with remembering his mother, but when someone tries to kill Mark he forgets much more than that.

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The Rifleman: Moving Forward
Growing up, my brothers watched “The Rifleman” on occasion, and with nothing better to do I would join them. To be honest, I didn't understand why they liked the show so much; yet as I watched more episodes I found myself intrigued by the family aspect in the western series… and I fell in love with the bond Lucas and Mark shared.
I started writing my stories so I could explore their relationship even more and dive deeper into the depths of their bond.

Five seasons wasn't long enough for me; I wanted to see Mark finish growing up, get married, have children. I wanted to see the bond the McCain men shared continue through Mark's adult life. I also wanted to see some old friends come back to town.

“Someone to Call Pa” picks up just about where the TV show ended, and I welcome you to explore what the McCain's life could've been like. I so enjoyed writing these stories; I hope you enjoy reading about the McCain’s lives after the fifth season!

1. Someone to Call Pa
When Mark's worst nightmare becomes a reality, he struggles to accept the fact that he no longer has someone to call Pa.

2. Cherishing the Time
As Mark and Lucas continue life on the McCain ranch, they both find there are things they will have to learn to accept as Mark gets older and Lucas goes missing.

3. The Telegram
A forgotten telegram leads to an unexpected visitor at the ranch... will this visitor bring good or bad changes to North Fork?

4. Choices
Mark has to make same major decisions concerning the direction of his life, but these choices are the least of his problems when he ends up in jail.

5. Aunt Camilla
Cassie's aunt comes for a visit, bringing a pleasant surprise to North Fork. However, Cassie is left wondering if Mark will ever get to meet her aunt as she watches Mark knock on death's door.

6. Do you trust me?
"Cassie, do you trust me?"
Mark's question caught Cassie by surprise, but after a moment she responded.
"... Of course I do."
"Then please trust me and my judgement now. This is what I've got to do, and I have to do it alone. You can't tell anyone that I've left; they'll figure it soon enough when I'm not at church Sunday."

7. Family
When buried family secrets are revealed, Mark and Cassie are both reminded that family is what you make it.

8. Character of a Coward, Part One
Mark's slowly increasing suspicion of John Osborne is justified when he uncovers a nineteen year old secret; one that discloses the true character of Osborne and reveals him as a coward.

9. Character of a Coward, Part Two
Mark struggles with putting the past behind him in multiple ways, making it difficult to prepare for the future. Can Lucas get through to his son when he realizes he's moved forward too quickly for Mark, or will Mark keep his nightmares a secret? And what would happen if John... asked for forgiveness?

10. Character of a Coward, Part Three
Everyone in North Fork attempts to return their lives to normal after the trial. However, an intruder at the Donalds' and a murder attempt make "normal" a fantasy.

11. Partners
Mark and Lucas finally learn how to be partners in the full sense of the word when they face losing yet another wife and mother.

12. New Beginnings
While Milly takes steps towards recovery, Mark and Cassie settle into married life and Anna begins nursing school. It isn't long, however, before a young girl is found outside of town with a letter for Lucas… and no memory of who she is.

13. Reunions & Goodbyes
Family and friends come together to celebrate the holidays before goodbyes must be said.

14. The Poem:
I gave you a warning as plain as can be, But you didn't listen and antagonized me. One wasn't enough; you had to take two So what's coming to you is long overdue. Do not try my patience, for it easily is lost, And the life of your son could be the cost. This is your one and only warning... Come, lest you join me in my mourning.

15. Rifle Shy
“What are you doing here!?” Lucas demanded.
“Well, you forgot your rifle.” Mark replied, picking the Winchester up.
“You know I didn't forget it.”

16. The Suitor
Lucas thought he'd been through it all when he raised Mark. But when a trouble maker and Rachael take a liking to each other, he's at a complete loss for what to do.

17. Cattle and Children
As Lou, Milly, and Laura prepare for the arrival of their children, Mark and Lucas prepare the cattle for market. However, when Mark insists that Lucas stays home to be there when the youngest McCain is born, tragedy strikes.

18. A Town Divided
Micah finds himself in a difficult situation when he has to arrest Mark for murder.

19. Friend and Foe
An old friend of Lucas's returns, looking for a second chance. Mark, however, is completely against the man being in town and sees him as a threat.

20. School Days
Cassie is asked to teach at the school while Stephan is away.

21. Announcements
All of Catherine's children end up needing to share news with the rest of the family.

22. Change of Season
The McCains encounter a change of season they never expected.

23.Forever Home
Mark's family struggles to not look back.

24. Home for the Holidays
With everyone safely back in North Fork, friends and family look forward to celebrating the holidays. However, recent events leave Mark and Cassie apprehensive.

25. Oklahoma Bound
Mark, Cassie, and Daniel head to Oklahoma to visit relatives.

26. Confrontations
Joseph McCain accompanies Mark and his family back to North Fork, blows occur between Jason and Ned, and an intern from John Hopkins arrives with questions for Doc.

27. ...And More Family
More secrets are revealed when a member of Laura's family arrives in town.

28. Welcome to North Fork
North Fork welcomes its new teacher and doctor.

29. Conflict
Lucas takes out a loan on the ranch without telling Mark; Mark worries about what Lucas might do if Milly doesn't make it.

30. Saying Goodbye
A Member of the McCain family has to say goodbye.

31. The Love of Money
Returning to Chicago to collect an inheritance left for him by Daniel Hanes, Mark is put in a situation that will change his life forever.

32. Rosemary & Time
Mark and Cassie begin the long process of dealing with what happened in Chicago and Doc is asked to keep a secret.

33. Friends in Need
Ben Severs and Micah both find themselves in need of a McCain’s help.

34. In-laws & Outlaws
In the middle of a feud with his mother-in-law, outlaws pull Mark away from his family.

35. A Visitor Returns
An old friend of the McCains’ arrives in North Fork just in time to meet the newest member of the family.

36. The Transfer
Marshal Anker arrives in town with news of Ned’s promotion... and transfer.

37. Love & Marriage
As Lucas and Milly come up on their sixth wedding anniversary, Ara arrives in North Fork with a surprise for Cassie and Ben finally reveals his long-kept secret to Cora.

38. Tension
Growing up, Mark found out that many men he had known and trusted were criminals. But nothing would ever prepare him for the day when his own father would try to kill him.

39. Miscommunication
Trying to find a balance as he worries about Reaper, Mark misunderstands the advice his father gives him. Jake and Emma come for a visit and discover that they too have some communication issues.[url=As Isaac helplessly waits for Tim Young to come around, Lucas has to come up with an answer for Charles. Later, another stranger arrives in town with questions for Doc Burrage, and tensions rise as circumstances strain Mark and Cassie’s relationship.

40. Dear Mark
A letter written by his wife turns Mark’s world completely upside down.

41. Begin Again
Mark and Cassie move to Dayton, Washington to start over.

42.Cowboys & Courtship
Rees and Isaac settle into the rhythm at life at the ranch as Isaac continues to pursue his courtship with Elizabeth. A visit from one of Isaac's relatives, however stirs up trouble.

43. The Rules of Engagement - As Isaac helplessly waits for Tim Young to come around, Lucas has to come up with an answer for Charles. Later, another stranger arrives in town with questions for Doc Burrage, and tensions rise as circumstances strain Mark and Cassie’s relationship.

44. My Brother - While in North Fork visiting the family, Mark finds himself racing to save his sister’s life.

45. The Arrests - Mark and Cassie receive word of Reaper's arrest and anticipate the trial's verdict. An arrest Mark makes, however, puts his own life in jeopardy.

The Writer’s Corner
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Posted : 16/07/2020 12:10 pm
Morgan
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Just read the first story.....you have such an attention to detail and facts. Cried all the way thru it with my morning coffee. will read one every day. thanks for writing and sharing with us.

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Posted : 16/07/2020 12:10 pm
Morgan
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I am soo behind on reading Morgan's stories. Hopefully I'll find the time to catch up soon. I need more hours in the day. :neutralcowboy:

~Deneen~

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Posted : 16/07/2020 12:11 pm
Morgan
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I am soo behind on reading Morgan's stories. Hopefully I'll find the time to catch up soon. I need more hours in the day. :neutralcowboy:

~Deneen~

These were written over a two year span, so kinda my fault for information overload!

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Posted : 16/07/2020 12:11 pm
Morgan
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You have too many stories to read!!!

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Posted : 16/07/2020 12:11 pm
Morgan
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I really want more stand-alones, Morgan!!!
Pleeeeassee write moreee!!

Please???

Vanessa

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Posted : 16/07/2020 12:12 pm
Morgan
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"The Evans Gang" was awesome! but I only wish it was longer.
I can't wait to see more of your stand-alones!!!!

Van

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Posted : 16/07/2020 12:12 pm
lilyrose
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So when is your next story coming?... I can't wait to read it!! :grinning-cowboy:

With a smile on my face, I wake up to a brand new day.

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Posted : 29/07/2020 8:45 am
Morgan
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So when is your next story coming?... I can't wait to read it!! :grinning-cowboy:

Here you go! :laughingcowboy:

Strong and Brave Like You

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Posted : 30/07/2020 10:14 am
lilyrose
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Okay, that was just not fair, Morgan! You brought tears to my eyes (I think I might cry right now), and my heartbeat is racing (calm down Vanessa, calm down) just like it was when I read Zanza's "Serpent's Tooth"...
You really scared me!! But I have to say it was an awesome story.... :worriedcowboy: :surprisedcowboy:

With a smile on my face, I wake up to a brand new day.

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Posted : 30/07/2020 10:37 am
Morgan
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Thank you! :happycowboy: I’m glad you enjoyed it. By the time I’m done writing I don’t get to enjoy the “thrill” of the story because I’ve watched it play over and over again in my head and I know what’s coming. I was worried this one was too anti-climatic, but I’m glad I went ahead and posted it, and that you liked it!

Do you have anymore stories about Lucas and Mark coming soon?

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Posted : 30/07/2020 10:58 am
lilyrose
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Hmmm.... I'm not really sure if I do have anymore stories about Lucas and Mark.... :coolcowboy: :grinning-cowboy:
Just kidding, I do and I'm still writing them but I'm kind of stuck right now...
The next title of my new story is: "When Everything Was Quiet" so you can just think about what's going to happen.... :ponderingcowboy: 🙂 Lol. I might change the title though... I'm not sure.

With a smile on my face, I wake up to a brand new day.

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Posted : 30/07/2020 11:14 am
Morgan
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When I write, I usually end up incorporating at least one person I know into a story, whether it be by name, personality, or a memory we have together. I had a few of those people in Dead or Alive, but when I decided to introduce ‘Grandpa Bud,’ an idea started.

When I was in California earlier this year, I got my hands on a ton of family history, and some of it goes back quite a ways. I thought it might be fun to start giving some of my ancestors a “cameo” in my stories and share some pictures or details with you all here on the message board. The time lines won’t usually match up, but that’s the beauty of fiction. I find stuff like this interesting, so I figured someone else might, too!

Charles Leon “Bud” Cox was my great-grandfather. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1933 and was honorably discharged in 1936. Grandpa Bud was a person who “never knew a stranger” and had a heart for people. He and Mark would have gotten along great... they both had a sweet tooth! I have yet to try it, but here’s his recipe for peanut balls!

-1 lb. powdered sugar
-1 C. flaked coconut
-1 C. chopped peanuts
-1 C. Graham cracker crumbs
-1 TBS. vanilla
-1/2 block food-grade paraffin
-16 oz. chocolate chips

1. Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips.
2. Roll into balls and chill.
3. In a double boiler, melt paraffin and chocolate chips together.
4. Dip peanut balls into chocolate and allow to set.

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Posted : 23/08/2020 9:36 am
Zanza
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Eating the paraffin? I think I would skip that ingredient. :laughingcowboy: I think your idea of putting your great-grandpa in a story is a great idea!

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Posted : 23/08/2020 1:16 pm
Morgan
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Eating the paraffin? I think I would skip that ingredient. :laughingcowboy: I think your idea of putting your great-grandpa in a story is a great idea!

That’s what we all thought when we found the recipe, but apparently you can find paraffin that’s safe to eat. It’s what some candy companies put in their chocolate to keep it from melting. :neutralcowboy:

Also, Grandpa Bud was just briefly mentioned in this story, but I might eventually center a story around some of my family members... we’ll see!

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Posted : 23/08/2020 2:38 pm
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