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Joined 07-21-20, id: 13834787, Profile Updated: 10-02-22
Author has written 11 stories for Gunsmoke.

I'm a GUNSMOKE fan. I write GUNSMOKE Matt and Kitty love stories. They were the greatest love story CBS never told. My inspiration comes from fixing that. If you wanted a different life for Matt and Kitty, you might like my work.

I write a series “There’s Always Tomorrow” because I believe Matt and Kitty could be happily married and raise a family, without jeopardizing all the excitement and drama of Gunsmoke. It begins in Gunsmoke’s Season 11, right after the “Seven Hours To Dawn” episode. You’ll enjoy familiar characters, familiar locations, and actual snippets from episodes. Because the series moves on in time, you’ll meet some delightful new characters as well. Each story stands alone, but they’re best enjoyed in sequence, so I hope you’ll read them in order.

THANK YOU to the wonderful members and guests who take the time to leave reviews and private messages. Your comments are my only reward for long, hard hours in the saddle!

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Baby Steps - A Million Reasons Christmas by TreeofStars reviews
A little Christmas story set in the Million Reasons universe.
Gunsmoke - Rated: K - English - Family/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,152 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 2/22/2021 - Matt D., Doc. A., Kitty R. - Complete
The Greatest Gift - A Million Reasons Christmas by TreeofStars reviews
A little holiday vignette. Set in the Million Reasons universe
Gunsmoke - Rated: K - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 970 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 4 - Published: 1/6/2020 - Matt D., Doc. A., Kitty R. - Complete
A Million Reasons: The Presence of Absence by TreeofStars reviews
"The image of love reveals itself there, in a profoundly present absence." - M. Darwish
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 7 - Words: 11,597 - Reviews: 34 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 11/14/2019 - Published: 8/5/2019 - Matt D., Kitty R. - Complete
A Million Reasons: A New Opportunity by TreeofStars reviews
Matt and Kitty discuss a new opportunity.
Gunsmoke - Rated: K - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,322 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 6 - Published: 7/31/2019 - Matt D., Kitty R. - Complete
A Million Reasons: Separation Anxiety by TreeofStars reviews
Kitty deals with two kinds of separation anxiety.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 2 - Words: 8,325 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 4 - Published: 5/17/2018 - Matt D., Kitty R. - Complete
A Million Reasons: A Father's Touch by TreeofStars reviews
Set in the 'A Million Reasons' Universe. Won't make sense unless you have read that story. Summary - Sometimes, a girl just needs her daddy.
Gunsmoke - Rated: K - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,063 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 4 - Published: 4/30/2018
A Million Reasons by TreeofStars reviews
Post Series - Three years after leaving Dodge, Kitty runs into Matt on a train.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 22 - Words: 38,216 - Reviews: 302 - Favs: 25 - Follows: 23 - Updated: 4/15/2018 - Published: 7/16/2017 - Matt D., Kitty R. - Complete
5 - The Flame Within The Storm - 5th in the FLAME Series by RBGirl reviews
Both humor and drama continue within the world of the Dillons, as portrayed in this 5th story of the 'FLAME' series. A dual, yet separate storm, impacts both Matt and Kitty, threatening their lives and the lives of those who love them.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 13 - Words: 26,541 - Reviews: 49 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 1 - Published: 11/1/2016 - Complete
4 - Burned By The Flame - 4th in the FLAME Series by RBGirl reviews
FOURTH IN THE FLAME SERIES: An innocent desire leads to charges of murder against someone in the Dillon Family. What's worse, an old grudge against Matt Dillon adds to the threat.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Romance - Chapters: 17 - Words: 37,833 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 9/7/2016 - Published: 9/6/2016 - Matt D., Kitty R., Newly O., OC - Complete
1 - A Flicker of Light In The Darkness - 1st in the FLAME Series by RBGirl reviews
First in the FLAME SERIES of Stories. (Re-edited, with 3 new chapters. This story is the foundation upon which the other FLAME SERIES tales are built, as it introduces the main, OC.) Will Matt's past affect Kitty's future-and his own?
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 28 - Words: 79,555 - Reviews: 70 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 9/6/2016 - Published: 4/15/2016 - Matt D., Kitty R., Festus H., OC - Complete
3 - In The Shadow of The Flame - 3rd in the FLAME Series by RBGirl reviews
After finding an obsolete book, Matt and Calleigh are pursued by a family of gunslingers, out to gain fame and fortune by killing the famous Marshal and his daughter. Thanks to everyone for your tips and encouragement.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 15 - Words: 35,846 - Reviews: 37 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 6 - Published: 6/12/2016 - Matt D., Kitty R., Festus H., OC - Complete
Love Birds by LadyofDodge reviews
Kitty was lying face down on her bed, and she didn't bother to turn around when she heard Matt enter the room. He walked to the bed and sat down beside her. He waited a moment, trying to gauge her mood. An ATC for The Way It Is.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,699 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 3 - Published: 6/22/2015 - Matt D., Kitty R. - Complete
Decisions Made by LadyofDodge reviews
"What's the matter, honey?" Matt's voice was low and silky soft. The tender tone, the seldom used term of endearment were nearly her undoing. Reaching her arms toward him like a lost child, she whispered, "Hold me, Matt...please...just hold me." This story is an ATC for Kitty's Love Affair.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,278 - Reviews: 24 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 3 - Published: 10/9/2014 - Complete
Of Nightmares and Daydreams by LadyofDodge reviews
Matt Dillon clasped his hands behind his head, his eyes growing heavy as he watched her. He had known Kitty Russell for about a year, and, in that time, they had become good friends. In fact, along with Doc and Chester, they formed a close little group, frequently sharing morning coffee and evening meals. He sometimes thought he'd like Kitty to be more than just a friend...
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Romance - Chapters: 2 - Words: 4,131 - Reviews: 35 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 9/3/2014 - Published: 9/2/2014 - Matt D., Kitty R. - Complete
Memories of Years Gone By by LadyofDodge reviews
"Thirty years have passed since that long ago summer when Matt Dillon first came into my life. My boyhood hero worship is gone now..." A long-time citizen of Dodge reminisces about the marshal.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,932 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 1 - Published: 3/12/2014 - Complete
Eighteen Years by LadyofDodge reviews
Bitter tears of frustration and doubt rolled down her pale cheeks as she choked out, "Oh, Doc…what…do you think…am I making a mistake?" This story is a Missing Moment for "Kitty's Love Affair."
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,490 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 6 - Published: 5/21/2012 - Kitty R., Doc. A. - Complete
Faithful Friends Who Are Dear To Us by LadyofDodge reviews
Can you believe this place? It's as civilized as New Orleans," Kitty commented, pulling her wool cloak closer, "only a lot colder." This story follows "Midnight Train to New Orleans" and "Anywhere You Are" in the "Return to Dodge" trilogy.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,350 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 6 - Published: 12/21/2009 - Kitty R., Matt D. - Complete
Choices by LadyofDodge reviews
This story takes place approximately two years after Season 19. "As the train pulled into Memphis, his worried mind bolted backward to the last time he had been there, the last time he had seen her...."
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 11,422 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 2 - Published: 7/3/2009 - Complete
Haunted Heart by mahc reviews
He found his thoughts returning to another night three years earlier, a night he had lain almost in this very spot, a night he had thought would change his life. And it certainly had, but not at all the way he planned.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 23 - Words: 108,092 - Reviews: 122 - Favs: 47 - Follows: 12 - Updated: 6/24/2007 - Published: 6/24/2006 - Matt D., Kitty R. - Complete
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There's Always Tomorrow Part 10, The Anniversary reviews
September has rolled around again and it's time for the Dillons' sixth anniversary! Matt has had to miss four out of five. Doc has a party planned. Will the sixth be just another one of Kitty's disappointments? Tenth in the "There's Always Tomorrow" series.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Romance/Adventure - Chapters: 14 - Words: 47,064 - Reviews: 111 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 9/23 - Published: 9/10 - Matt D., Doc. A., Kitty R., OC - Complete
There's Always Tomorrow, Part 9 Rescued reviews
Matt and Kitty grapple with challenges that threaten their future in this story of love and commitment, friendship and loyalty. Ninth in the "There's Always Tomorrow" series.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 18 - Words: 64,052 - Reviews: 150 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 4/23 - Published: 4/3 - Matt D., Doc. A., Kitty R., Festus H. - Complete
There's Always Tomorrow, Part 8 The Legacy reviews
An unexpected inheritance wraps up money, family, and death in one seemingly impossible package for Matt and Kitty, all at the worst possible time! I'm serving this tale of intrigue with ample helpings of joy and tenderness, my gift to you in honor of the holiday season. Eighth in the "There's Always Tomorrow" series.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Romance/Mystery - Chapters: 16 - Words: 61,899 - Reviews: 140 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 12/10/2021 - Published: 11/25/2021 - Matt D., Doc. A., Kitty R., OC - Complete
There's Always Tomorrow, Part 7 Derailed reviews
Bad things happen to all good people. What good people do about those bad things makes all the difference in their lives. Seventh in the "There's Always Tomorrow" series.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 14 - Words: 53,241 - Reviews: 95 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 8/14/2021 - Published: 8/1/2021 - Matt D., Doc. A., Kitty R., Festus H. - Complete
There's Always Tomorrow, Part 6 The Deputy reviews
Friendship and love abound in this story about change coming to Dodge: featuring Matt's new deputy, some plain ol' wonderful cowboys, more drama over that pesky railroad, and a glimpse of challenges yet to be faced! Sixth in the "There's Always Tomorrow" series.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Western/Drama - Chapters: 14 - Words: 44,939 - Reviews: 109 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 5/7/2021 - Published: 4/25/2021 - Matt D., Doc. A., Kitty R., OC - Complete
There's Always Tomorrow, Part 5 Double Duty reviews
A U.S. Marshal is brutally murdered. Is Matt Dillon the next man up? Fifth in the "There's Always Tomorrow" series.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 15 - Words: 46,491 - Reviews: 98 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 2/13/2021 - Published: 1/31/2021 - Matt D., Doc. A., Kitty R., Festus H. - Complete
There's Always Tomorrow, Part 2 reviews
Matt and Kitty head for Denver for a few weeks of rest, recuperation, and laughter after the Mace Gore raid, and decide to make some changes in their lives.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 14 - Words: 28,640 - Reviews: 54 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 1/28/2021 - Published: 9/17/2020 - Matt D., Kitty R., Festus H. - Complete
There's Always Tomorrow, Part 4 Belle reviews
Matt's job brings him both joy and tragedy, while Kitty provides the respite he needs to carry on. Fourth in the "There's Always Tomorrow" series.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 10 - Words: 29,262 - Reviews: 36 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 12/12/2020 - Published: 12/9/2020 - Matt D., Doc. A., Kitty R., Festus H. - Complete
There's Always Tomorrow, Part 3 Home To Dodge reviews
Matt and Kitty come home to Dodge from their trip to Colorado, and face new challenges as a married couple. Third in the "There's Always Tomorrow" series.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 12 - Words: 20,265 - Reviews: 46 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 10/25/2020 - Published: 10/21/2020 - Matt D., Doc. A., Kitty R., Festus H. - Complete
There's Always Tomorrow, Part 1 reviews
This is an ATC for "Seven Hours To Dawn." Matt and Kitty have earned some time to heal. This is the story of their healing. Matt struggles with some new-found fears, his love for Kitty, and considers taking his life in a new direction.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 9 - Words: 13,336 - Reviews: 24 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 4 - Published: 9/5/2020 - Matt D., Doc. A., Sam N., Kitty R. - Complete
The First Time reviews
20-year-old Kitty Russell had only been in Dodge for eight months. She was fascinated with the Marshal, but did he feel any chemistry with her? Matt Dillon had taken Kitty to The Sociable, but would she accept his invitation to a picnic at Spring Creek? This story is intended for mature readers.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Romance/Western - Chapters: 7 - Words: 11,420 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 8/26/2020 - Published: 8/3/2020 - Matt D., Doc. A., Kitty R. - Complete
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