|Unknown Family Ties
Author: Dr. Michaela Quinn PM
Charles Ingalls wagon breaks down in front of the Waltons house in Jefferson County, Virginia. Little to find out though, Caroline Ingalls is the aunt of Olivia Walton, so while Charles, Zeb, and John fix his wagon, Caroline, Olivia, catch up on old timesRated: Fiction K - English - Family/Drama - Chapters: 8 - Words: 5,244 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 07-06-11 - Published: 05-16-09 - id: 5066107
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Little House on The Prairie- The Waltons Crossover
* Unknown Family Ties*
It was a cold, dark night in the year 1940. Charles Ingalls was driving his wagon down the road, when a wheel broke right in front of a big, white house in the middle of nowhere. Now, usually Charles could fix the wheel himself; although being far away from home and not having anything to fix it himself he needed some help. The front room of this big old house was lit up.
"Oh Charles." Caroline Ingalls, his wife, said in her usual worried tone, just watching him watch the house.
"Caroline, you stay out here with the children. I'm going to go up and see if there is somebody who can help." Charles kisses Caroline's soft cheek and gets out of the wagon and starts to walk up the steep steps of this old house.
John, Zeb, and Olivia Walton are sitting in the living room of the house listening to the radio. Erin and Elizabeth rush down the stairs holding their nephew, John Curtis Willard.
"Mama, there's a wagon outside." Elizabeth says.
"A wagon?" Olivia says confused looking out the window.
"What's the situation Livie?" Zeb asks her.
"Liv?" John asks questioning when Olivia doesn't answer Zeb.
"It's just a wagon sitting there John. But I have never seen a wagon since I was a child," Olivia realizes something, "oh they have a broken wheel." Just then there is a knock at the door.
"Be careful John." Olivia says.
"Don't worry about it Livie." Zeb says as John opens the door.
Charles stands there waiting for the door to be opened. He looks back at Caroline and the door opens.
"Hello?" A deep voice says from behind him. Charles turns around.
"I'm sorry to interrupt you, and your family. My name is Charles Ingalls. One of the wheels on our wagon broke and I was wondering if you could help." Charles says.
"No problem at all. I'm John Walton, and this is my father Zeb, my wife Olivia, and our daughters Erin and Elizabeth. We own the mill here in Jefferson County. I am sure we can help you. Where are you from?" John asks.
"Walnut Grove, Minnesota." Charles answers with a cough afterwards.
"You are pretty far away from home, Charles Ingalls." John says.
"We are looking for some of our family who lives up here. We are supposed to be looking for an Ike Godsey." Charles says.
"Ike! Mama." Elizabeth exclaims excitedly. Olivia tries to quiet down her youngest child.
"Well let's get your family in here Mr. Ingalls, and then you, Pa, and I will have to see what we can do about that wheel. Then we will show you where Ike Godsey lives tomorrow morning." John says.
"It sure is a cold night." Olivia says.
"For Virginia that is Livie." Zeb says with a laugh, "I am sure that Mr. Ingalls here has seen colder winters than we could ever imagine."
"That's probably right." Charles says, "thank you." Charles walks out to the wagon and gathers the family and they go inside.
"Daddy, do you think these people really know Ike?" Erin asks.
" I don't know honey. I just don't know. We have to be careful." John says, holding onto Erin's shoulder. Just then Charles walks in with Caroline, Mary, Laura, Carrie, Grace, Albert, James, and Cassandra.
"Olivia?" Caroline asks looking at Olivia very carefully. Olivia looks at her wearily.
"Do I know you?" Olivia asks her.
"You ought to. It's Aunt Caroline. Aunt Kate's sister." Caroline says to her.
"Aunt Caroline! I haven't seen you in years! Not since I was a little girl!" Olivia jumps up off the couch and hugs her. All this ruckous brings down the rest of the Walton clan, Jason, Mary Ellen, Ben, and Jim Bob.
"Charles, this is the rest of the family, our sons Jason, Ben, and Jim Bob, and that's our daughter Mary Ellen." John says.
"Hello." Mary Ellen says casually as she walks over to Erin and takes John Curtis and kisses the top of his head.
"Mary Ellen, do you remember my Aunt Kate?" Olivia asks.
"Yes." Mary Ellen replies.
"This is her older sister and my aunt Caroline. This is her husband Charles, and their children." Olivia says.
"Oh," Caroline says as if she just remembered, "these are my children, Mary, Laura, Carrie, Grace, Albert, James, and Cassandra."
"They really are beautiful Aunt Caroline." Olivia says.
"So are yours Olivia. I remember when you were just probably about this young one here's age." Caroline says referring to Elizabeth.
"These are our other 2 daughters. Elizabeth and Erin." Olivia says.
"Hello." Caroline says as she takes off her bonnet.
"Why were you looking for Ike Godsey?" Elizabeth says curious.
"I talked with Ike on the telephone from Walnut Grove, and he told me that he would help me find my niece." Caroline says. Elizabeth nods and then looks at Mary and Laura.
"How old are you?" Elizabeth asks.
"I am 14, Mary is 17." Laura says to her.
"Can't Mary speak for herself?" Elizabeth asks her.
"Dear child, Mary is blind and probably didn't know you were speaking to her." Caroline says.
"Oh no." Olivia says to Caroline, "Mary, would you like to sit down?"
"No, I'm fine, ma'am. But thanks for asking." Mary says to her holding onto Laura's arm.
"Well Mary, I appreciate the politeness, but we are cousins. You can call me Olivia, if you would like to." Mary pulls down on Laura's arm signaling her in some sort of silent code. Laura responds to her.
"No ma'am. That wouldn't be right for us to do that. We are younger than you are and it wouldn't be appropriate for us to call you by your first name." Laur says.
"Mary, what do you like to do for fun?" Erin asks her sitting next to her Mama.
"Well, I knit, and I like to read. Especially the Bible." Mary says with a smile on her face.
"You read?" Mary Ellen says fascinated by this blind girl whom she has never met before.
"Well I went to blind school and I learned alot of things. In fact, now I teach at the blind school, but took some time off to come with my Ma and Pa, and my brothers and sisters." Mary says feeling the chair next to her.
"Oh." Mary Ellen says to her.
"Would you like to sit down, Mary? Are your feet getting tired?" Caroline asks her.
"I am fine, Ma." Mary says to her.
"Come on Charles; let's go find out what's going on with your wagon." Zeb says to Charles. Zeb, John, and Charles walk out the front door.