(Set six years after 'What Makes a Man' in the same A/U) After suffering a grave injury during a fierce Modoc ambush, 19-year-old Cavalryman Heath Barkley returns to the ranch, not only to heal, but to strengthen fragile bonds with the family he believes he deserted. This is an Alternate Universe story. If you enjoy exploring new ideas, this may be the story for you. Not canon.
Rated: T - English - Drama/Western - Chapters: 30 - Words: 55,759 - Reviews: 86 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 42 - Updated: 8/29 - Published: 11/26/2013 - Nick B., Heath