Thanks to LaraMee, Rick, Sage and Sunni for
their assistance in writing a synopsis for each
Quick Links to Old West Little Britches Stories by Title
The original stories in the Little Britches Old West
West - K. Poffenberger
Orphan cousins Vin Tanner and JD Dunne are sent out west to find a new family
but Josiah can't find one that will take both boys. Determined to keep them
together, Vin runs away with JD to live with the Indians. Will the team find
the boys in time and will Vin and JD find a home together......
In the Arms
of Love - K. Poffenberger
Vin and JD have traveled from Boston to the West to find a family and finally
have found a home in the strong arms of Chris Larabee and Buck Wilmington.
It's not a smooth homecoming as they all adjust to being a family. Chris
and Vin especially have a lot to overcome, but with love, they just might
More stories in the LB Old West
Eve - Jeanne
It's been a rough few days for a very sick Vin and his new father who has
worn himself out trying to care for the small boy. While the two sleep, an
angel makes her visit.....
Home- Ann Stuart
Overhearing part of a conversation between Chris and Buck, Vin thinks they
don't want the boys any longer. Determined not to be separated from JD, he
takes the boy on a dangerous journey. Chris and Buck reach them in time to
see a rattlesnake strike Vin. Will they be able to save the small boy and
keep their new family intact?
Vin and JD are caught in the middle of a shoot out with bank robbers.
Heaven and Hell - PennyM and May Robinson
With Christmas only a few days away, all is not well in the Larabee/Wilmington
household. Buck's injured, JD's worried and Chris is torn between staying
home and taking the boys on a pre-planned adventure intended for the whole
family. A compromise is reached but the consequences could be dire.
Treasures - Raul Sanchez
Chris is at wits end when Vin keeps disobeying him and playing with guns
so Buck suggests that maybe he should teach the child how to shoot. The small
boy proves to be a natural and when Vin's birthday comes around, Chris gives
him his own rifle. But it's 'Uncle Ezra' who surprises with his present.....
and Bugs - Ruby
JD in a hole... Bob the Beetle... Marion the Caterpillar... This is a goofy,
fun little romp.
Name - Wendy W
It's time for the boys to call the men something other then 'Mister.' But
what? Chris isn't sure he is ready to be called 'Pa' again, but small Vin
shows him it isn't the name that matters, it's the love....
Niche - Joy K
The weeks following the boys' arrival at Chris and Buck's place are spent
adjusting to being a family. While JD is starting to believe that life can
be good again, Vin has problems trusting that something won't go wrong. Can
Chris help him learn how to become a kid again and can Vin, in turn, show
Chris how to live again?
Heart - Winter
A trip into town turns serious when Vin is accidentally shot by someone gunning
for Chris. Will the incident prove that the boys don't belong with the
in the Territory - Jeanne
Vin & JD learn some new traditions about Christmas.
Memories - Ann Stuart
When a gang of bad guys capture Chris, Buck, Josiah and Nathan, it's
Ezra, Vin and JD to the rescue. And Vin is finally able to let go of a memory
that has haunted him for far too long...
Vin writes a letter to God.
For Stones - Raven
JD "helps" Buck with the gardening, and mayhem ensues.
Down Came the
Rain - KT
A violent storm wreaks havoc for Buck and JD on the road, as well as those
Dream Catcher - Kathy M
Vin helps JD deal with bad dreams
Echoes of Past
Deeds - Wendy W
A nightmare from Vin and JD's past rides into town bringing to light shameful
secrets. The peacekeepers gather round to protect the boys and recuse Vin.
But who will rescue him from the small minded people in town?
Silenced - Wendy W
Nettie hears the unkind talk in town and is not happy. She sets out to right
things and, in the process, is designated one of Vin's 'save havens'....
Family - Wendy W
Nettie is adopted by the boys as a Grandmother and she introduces them to
the 'Grandma rules'.....
Circumstances - Wendy W
While looking for a show and tell item for school, the boys find a dead coyote
and her pups, which are too young to be weaned. When he spys Chris get rid
of the puppies, an angry Vin starts to act out and Chris must teach him the
difference between a firm hand of guidance and a hand of punishment....
When the boys share the gift of the season with a depressed Ezra he becomes
blessed as well. And inspired to take on the part of Santa Claus.....
Ezra Claus 2:
Santa's Secret - MMW
Unable to sleep Christmas Eve, the boys discover a bag of gifts left by Father
Christmas. Is it a secret ploy to get Buck and Chris, or is it truly a gift
from a mysterious red-coat benefactor?
Family Ties - KT
Hidden things about Buck's past are revealed when his mother comes to visit.
Embrace - Jeanne
A little Father - Son comfort.
Vin's injured and Chris, Buck and JD hold vigil at his bedside.
A Friend in
Deed - Winter
An accident while cleaning the rifle leaves Buck injured and the two boys
on their own. Vin rides for town and Chris, but is thrown off his horse and
knocked out. Chris arrives home in time to help Buck, only to find that Vin
is missing. How will Chris be able to find Vin in the dark? Peso has the
Glass, Frog, Shoes:
A Typical Morning - MMW
Just a regular morning and all the bumps and trials along the way
Name - Tidia
Part of the Last Words Series: Vin's mother's last words.
Plans - Wendy W
Vin and JD are planning a special Halloween surprise for Buck and Chris when
Vin cuts his hand using the knife he isn't allowed to use. Vin opts not to
tell anyone and gets JD to go along. When Chris finds out and starts to come
down on him, Buck interrupts and teaches Chris a few things about raising
The boys and Buck struggle to become a family, but Chris is resisting them
all the way. Vin is determined that this is going to be his and JD's home
and goes about making it happen. Will Vin be able to break into Chris heart
A friend who's not a friend, Ezra 'cheating' at cards, and hurtful words
toward Nathan cause Vin to question relationships, struggling to find the
If You Love
Something... - Winter
When Vin's beloved horse Peso goes missing and then turns up as the property
of someone else, the grown-ups all try to get the horse back for the child.
But it is 'Uncle Ezra' who comes though, earning Vin's undying devotion....
Sacrifice - Phyllis
Chris is injured and both boys think he's dead. After Vin spills his anger
and fear, JD makes the biggest sacrifice of his life.
JOY'S BIRTHDAY 'ZINE...
2. For I Was a
Stranger - Estee
When Ezra is stricken down by a fever while taking care of Vin, its
up to the little boy to ride for help. Out on the road, he meets a young
stranger who needs some help as well.
Vigil - LaraMee
Chris spends the last night of the year tending a very ill little Vin.
Retribution - MMW
When Chris and Buck are delayed on the road back home by a storm, the other
men take care of the little boys. Then someone from Ezras past comes
to town and uses Vin Tanner to gain retribution against Standish.
Keepsake - Wendy W
Vin is missing his Mom and so Ms. Nettie finds a 'keepsake' for him to hold
to remind him of her...
A wagon train travels through town. A distraught woman grieves for her lost
son. Young JD seems to be just what her new husband needs to keep her
quiet. Only one thing stands between his goals and dreams... Buck
Wilmington. When Buck is injured and JD goes missing, Chris and Ezra
head up the search while Vin and Nathan care for Buck.
While JD finds learning is fun and easy, Vin finds it just the opposite.
He is determined to hide what he thinks is his shameful secret, but when
he is mistreated by the school teacher, Chris and the rest of the team spring
into action to avenge the boy...
Picnic - LaraMee
Chris rewards the boys for working hard with an afternoon trip to meet up
with Buck. When an accident leaves Chris injured and disoriented, the boys
have to take care of him. Waiting for Buck to pass by, Vin makes a tough
Little Souvenir - Estee
A different view on how Vin came to be with Chris and Buck. Chris goes on
a trip and brings home "a Little Souvenir"
Live By the Gun
When a journey to see old Indian drawings in New Mexico's desert turns into
a perilous, and life threatening adventure for Chris and Vin, the young boy
must find the strength to save his new father. As they struggle to come to
terms with Chris's past, they begin to bond as father and son
LITTLE BRITCHES (Series)
A new series based on the episodes
Ghosts of the
Confederacy - LaraMee (OW)
A new series begins, this one based on the episodes. The first story tells
how the group comes together to save a village
One Day Out
West - Beth Green (OW)
The second story in this series based on the episodes. Lucas James brings
trouble to town and the judge hires the men to protect the community.
Arrangements - LaraMee (OW)
An interlude introducing the family's living arrangements
Girls - Estee (OW)
The third story in this series based on the episodes. Buck & Chris rescue
a working girl, which starts a chain of events including Ezra in a dress
and JD considering marriage.
Safecracker - MMW (OW)
The fourth story in this series based on the episodes. Teri Greer and Olivia
arrive in town, bringing a whole new brand of trouble.
- Jeanne (OW)
The fifth story in this series based on the episodes. Billy Travis comes
back to town only to be haunted by the "devil" who killed his father.
- Beth Green (OW)
The sixth story in this series based on the episodes. Chris finds clues to
the murders of his wife and son, but his intensity and anger cause Vin to
worry about his place with Chris.
Collector - LaraMee (OW)
The seventh story in this series based on the episodes. Guy Royal brings
trouble for Nettie Wells and other small ranchers in the area.
- Estee (OW)
The eighth story in this series based on the episodes. Tensions run high
when an Indian abducts a white girl.
Leaving Town - Estee (OW)
An interlude in this series based on the episodes. Sounds like Chris better
be on guard.
78 - LaraMee (OW)
The ninth story in this series based on the episodes. Chris is wrongfully
imprisoned and the others hunt for him. Vin fears losing his new "Pa"
Law - MMW (OW)
The tenth story in this series based on the episodes. The Railroads want
a real marshal, so the peacekeepers are no longer needed. Are the seven breaking
Sins of the
Past - KT (OW)
The eleventh story in this series based on the episodes. JD thinks Buck won't
want him anymore when Lucy claims Buck is the father of her
baby. Vin's past comes back to haunt him when Yates shows up to
take him back to the orphanage.
Honor - Lynda (OW)
The twelfth story in this series based on the episodes. Buck defends Inez's
honor. Vin gives Chris a scare and starts to understand why Chris
doesn't want him as backup.
- KT (OW)
The thirteenth story in this series based on the episodes. The Nichols come
to town to avenge the death of a member of their family and Chris Larabee's
father-in-law is who they want.
Easter Bunny - LaraMee (OW)
An Easter interlude in the Magnificent Little Britches Series. The boys set
a trap for the Easter Bunny with comical results.
- Part 1 - Estee (OW)
The fourteenth story in this series based on the episodes. A Wagon train
comes through town and Dicky O'Shea wants their land. The
seven go along to protect the travelers.
- Part 2 - Estee (OW)
The fifteenth story in this series based on the episodes. A Wagon train
comes through town and Dicky O'Shea wants their land. The
seven go along to protect the travelers.
- Jeanne (OW)
The sixteenth story in this series based on the episodes. Nathan's father
is on trial for murder, and Ezra's mother is jailed for theft.
Kaleidoscope of Time - Beth Green (OW)
An interlude in this series based on the episodes. Just how did Vin get that
- LunaDey (OW)
The seventeenth story in this series based on the episodes. A Chinese man
from the railroad camp comes to town to find help to solve the cases of workers
missing from the camp. Ezra finds some trouble of his own with a small
girl named Li Pong.
- Nancy W (OW)
The eighteenth story in this series based on the episodes. JD takes Vin's
rifle and an accident brings tragedy. Meanwhile, Ezra struggles with Big
- MMW (OW)
The nineteenth story in this series based on the episodes. A woman is murdered
in town and Josiah is accused of the crime, with only little Vin
proving his innocence.
Killers - Nancy W (OW)
The twentieth story in this series based on the episodes. JD pays the price
when Buck has a hard time believing that Maddie Stokes is
- MMW (OW)
The twenty-first story in this series based on the episodes. The quest for
statehood brings trouble to town. Buck falls in love, Ezra deals with $10,000
and Vin learns a lesson about guns.
to the Tracks - Estee (OW)
An Interlude in this series based on the episodes. A damsel in distress,
a doll and railroad tracks bring trouble for JD.
- LaraMee (OW)
The twenty-second story in this series based on the episodes. Ella Gaines
comes to town reawakening dreams and desires in Chris, but puting distance
between Chris and Vin.
Memories - Joy K
A mishap with tar creates a crisis for Vin when it threatens the only symbol
he has to remember his Ma and Pa, but Chris shows him otherwise....
Misfire - Sage
What happens when a man calls Chris out, and Chris's gun misfires?
Most Special Day - MMW (OW)
Vin and Chris celebrate a very important anniversary.
Alone - Tidia
Part of the Last Words Series: JD's mother's last words.
No Sacrifice Too
Great - Angie
Buck is critically wounded and JD is suffering the consequences.
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Of Worth Beyond
Gold - Wendy W
Two bank robbers kidnap Vin and JD in hopes of distracting the town peacekeepers.
Will the new family be re-united, or torn apart forever
Word - KT
One little word leads to pain and confusion for two little boys... and their
Morning - LaraMee
JD tags along and Vin is not happy about it, leading to a very dangerous
Vin and JD participate in the church Christmas Pageant, but things are a
little tense when Chris may have to miss their performance.
Trap? - Silverwolf
Buck and Chris invite two ladies along on a picnic with the boys. Things
go ary when the enterprising lads, not impressed with either lady, ply them
with special bug repellent, tea, and other evils
Joy - Wendy W
Christmas brings unwanted memories for Chris, but with the help of Buck,
Vin, JD and Miss Nettie, new traditions and memories are born.
Peaches Comes for
a Visit - Marian
Vin is missing and it looks like a monster going by the name of 'Peaches'
is the one who took him
Phenom - Gray
Vin's past catches up to him with a vengeance. Will Chris and the rest of
the peacekeepers be able to save the child and help him on the road to becoming
the man he is meant to be
Promises - Barbretta H
Vin often sacrificed his own desires for JD - something Chris was trying
to put a stop to. It wasn't good for JD to have his own way all the time,
nor was it fair to Vin. Vin learns that part of protecting his young cousin
is letting him take the blame for his own mistakes, while Buck learns that
giving in to JD every time can create a monster
The Raid -
Vin and JD are stolen away by Indians, leaving an injured Josiah behind.
Father - Joy K
Late one night, a guilt-ridden Chris sits by Vin's bed watching him sleep
and replaying a day gone bad over in his mind. As he thinks back over the
day, and the past, he realizes just how good he has it and vows to become
a 'real father'...
on Giving Thanks - Jeanne
Chris and Vin visit Sarah, Adam and Siobhan's graves as Chris explains to
Vin who Siobhan was. While Vin rests, a despondent Chris holds a conversation
with his baby daughter and realizes how Vin makes life worthwhile once
Journey - WendyW
A train trip to see a doctor for Vin's back leads to disastrous results and
threatens to tear the family apart.
Herd - MMW
A small party turns into a mob and the adults come up with a unique solution
to crowd control.
Days - Janice
It's the start of school for Vin and he isn't happy about it. Between being
chased by girls, bored with schoolwork and bullied, there doesn't seem to
be a good reason to go. It's up to Papa Chris to find one and change Vin's
School Supplies - Jeanne
An accident with new school supplies lead two very insecure boys to worry about their new home
Chances - JJJunky
When Vin and Chris are assaulted in their camp, Vin's expertise with the
rifle saves the day, but not before the child is severely injured. It's more
then physical injuries, however, that the boy needs to recover from as another
piece of Vin's past is revealed
Less - Wendy W
Chris is shot far from home, leaving Vin to fend for himself in the strange
town where no one there will help him. The resourceful boy is finally able
to summon help, but it is Ezra who comes up with revenge on the people who
turned their backs on the child in need
Tradition - MMW
Vin and Nathan discover something in common while Vin recovers from an illness.
Starting Over - Angie
JD is injured during a shoot out. Will he recover? Will things ever be the same?
Flight - Cassie
A new resident named Icarus joins the Larabee-Wilmington family for a short
visit. During his time there, JD and Vin learn a lesson in what makes up
a family, as do Chris and Buck...
To Protect His
Own - Joy K
It's Vin's nightmare come true when Ebenezer Sanders, operator of the orphanage,
comes to Four Corners. Afraid that the evil man would now carry out his threat
to kill everyone the boy holds dear, Vin decides his only hope is to take
out the threat himself...
Treasure - Joy K
While spending a few days with Josiah, Vin and JD learn about dealing with
peer pressure and doing what is right. And just what makes a friend...
Visit in the
Night - LaraMee
A frightened Vin makes a visit to his wounded guardian.
JD is missing his 'lovey' which was taken away from him at the orphanage.
Vin has recovered the item, but needs Chris's help to do some
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