Fortitudine
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Joined 07-31-10, id: 2474347, Profile Updated: 09-24-12
Author has written 35 stories for Alias Smith & Jones, and Laramie.

Middle-aged Middle-Westerner, retired Marine and current Bioterrorism and Public Health Planner (seriously. I'm with the government, and I'm here to help you). Unconscionably fond of vintage Westerns and action series like Combat! and The Gallant Men.

Started writing fanfic in 2010 (thanks to Calico). 99% of my writing up until now has been operational orders or after action reports. Of course, fiction occasionally comes into play in the writing of after-action reports but it’s frowned on.

(Fortitudine -- pronounced "forty-TWO dee-nay," if anyone cares -- was the motto of the USMC in the early 19th century).

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Little Girl Lost reviews
The girl was a spoiled little pain in the neck, and the kind of trouble Hannibal Heyes didn't need.
Alias Smith & Jones - Rated: T - English - Western/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,360 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 1/1/2013 - Complete
Article 37 reviews
Pre-series. In the Mississippi Delta, a young cavalry NCO is tested when his first patrol goes horribly wrong.
Laramie - Rated: T - English - Western/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,365 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/1/2012 - Complete
The Thespians reviews
Andy and Jess pitch in to help a traveling theatrical group.
Laramie - Rated: K+ - English - Western/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,923 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 1 - Published: 7/15/2012 - Complete
Queen of Diamonds reviews
Two marooned strangers pass the time playing a harmless game of cards. But things aren't always what they seem.
Alias Smith & Jones - Rated: K+ - English - Western/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,437 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 7/1/2012 - Complete
No Good Deed reviews
Slim has a bad habit and Jess is getting a little fed up.
Laramie - Rated: K+ - English - Western/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,531 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 1 - Published: 6/5/2012 - Complete
The Samaritan reviews
Pre-series. Heyes has a chance to get on the good side of a very bad man.
Alias Smith & Jones - Rated: T - English - Western/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,187 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 5/30/2012 - Complete
King's Row reviews
Pre-series. Drifting and broke, Jess lands in jail and gets some lessons from a fellow-prisoner.
Laramie - Rated: T - English - Western/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,349 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/6/2012 - Complete
Malpais reviews
Slim trails a young murderer into the badlands.
Laramie - Rated: T - English - Western/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,956 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 4/2/2012 - Complete
Leap of Faith reviews
Two strangers come to the aid of a damsel in distress. Well...a damsel, anyway.
Alias Smith & Jones - Rated: K+ - English - Western/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,862 - Reviews: 5 - Published: 3/30/2012 - Complete
The Best Thing I Never Had reviews
When a predator stalks Slim, Jess gets help from an unexpected source.
Laramie - Rated: K+ - English - Western/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,231 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 6 - Published: 2/28/2012 - Complete
Slayer of Dragons reviews
It's Jess to the rescue when he thinks an old friend needs his help. A sequel of sorts to "Rough Diamond."
Laramie - Rated: K+ - English - Western/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,006 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 1 - Published: 1/6/2012 - Complete
Frost reviews
Christmas is a time of miracles, if you just know where to look.
Alias Smith & Jones - Rated: T - English - Western - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,702 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Published: 12/31/2011 - Complete
Rough Diamond reviews
When ye Olde England meets the Old West, there's bound to be some misunderstandings.
Laramie - Rated: K - English - Western/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,127 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 1 - Published: 12/12/2011 - Complete
In Vino Veritas reviews
The lady wants to hire a gunslinger –and she won't take no for an answer.
Alias Smith & Jones - Rated: K+ - English - Western/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,913 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 2 - Published: 9/27/2011 - Complete
Lottie and the Lamb reviews
He's a stuffed shirt. She's a dance hall girl. Heyes and the Kid play Cupid for a highly unlikely pair.
Alias Smith & Jones - Rated: K+ - English - Western/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,529 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 9/1/2011 - Complete
Desperado reviews
Pre-series . With a stubborn lawman behind him and a raging river up ahead, Jess Harper sure could use a miracle right now. But sometimes the Lord works in mysterious ways.
Laramie - Rated: K - English - Western/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,379 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 3 - Published: 8/20/2011 - Complete
And Strict The Path Of Duty reviews
Someone once described Slim Sherman as "straight as a rail with no bend at the edges." The kind of man who would never tell a lie. The kind of man who would never even shade the truth.
Laramie - Rated: T - English - Western/Mystery - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,048 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 2 - Published: 8/2/2011 - Complete
The Hunt reviews
Slim and Jess go on a hunting trip and catch a bit more than they expected.
Laramie - Rated: K - English - Western/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,117 - Reviews: 7 - Published: 7/6/2011 - Complete
Sanctuary reviews
It's been a long and a hard journey, but he's finally come home.
Alias Smith & Jones - Rated: K+ - English - Western/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,492 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 1 - Published: 6/30/2011 - Complete
HSEEP AAR IP Company Man reviews
Mr. Sherman? I'm with the Department of Homeland Security. Can we talk about your rapid response and asset recovery procedures?
Laramie - Rated: T - English - Western/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,212 - Reviews: 10 - Published: 6/19/2011 - Complete
Annie reviews
Mike makes a friend and learns some hard lessons about life, love and loss.
Laramie - Rated: K+ - English - Western/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,497 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 3 - Published: 5/27/2011 - Complete
Jack reviews
Two young boys aren't the only ones left behind when their families are murdered.
Alias Smith & Jones - Rated: T - English - Western/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,153 - Reviews: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/15/2011
The Last Stand of Silvertip Dave reviews
The gambler didn't look like much of a man - but you can't always tell a book by its cover.
Laramie - Rated: K - English - Western/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,047 - Reviews: 5 - Published: 5/9/2011 - Complete
Johnny Reb reviews
I sat down and wrote this after watching the episode "The Replacement."
Laramie - Rated: K+ - English - Western/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,990 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 2 - Published: 3/19/2011 - Complete
On The Drift reviews
There are only two things Jess says he's afraid of; being left afoot, and a decent woman. Every cowboy fears being left afoot, but what episode in his troubled past made him so wary of the gentler sex?
Laramie - Rated: K+ - English - Western/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,957 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 2/4/2011 - Complete
The Native Hue of Resolution reviews
There goes the neighborhood - British tourists have strayed into the Devil's Hole country. Heyes is reading Hamlet, Kyle is expendable, and the Kid sallies forth to do battle for the hand of a lady.
Alias Smith & Jones - Rated: K+ - English - Western/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,642 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 1/29/2011
The Devil You Know reviews
Heyes and the Kid attempt a desperate rescue when a spoiled young woman rides into the path of a Comanche war party.
Alias Smith & Jones - Rated: T - English - Western/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,076 - Reviews: 8 - Published: 1/14/2011
Sheep's Clothing reviews
She thinks Jess Harper is a bully and a no-account drifter. So of course he can't resist when he gets the chance to play a little trick on her...
Laramie - Rated: K+ - English - Western/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,477 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/3/2011 - Complete
Alias Smith and Holmes reviews
The Kid turns detective when a man is shot and something just doesn't add up.
Alias Smith & Jones - Rated: K+ - English - Western/Mystery - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,646 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 2 - Published: 12/19/2010 - Complete
For Calico, With Love and Shakespeare reviews
An utterly silly bit of pre-Christmas whimsy, "full of sound and fury and signifying nothing." Written for Ms. Calico Cat. Long may she write.
Alias Smith & Jones - Rated: K - English - Humor/Western - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,220 - Reviews: 9 - Published: 12/5/2010 - Complete
A Parfit, Gentil Knyght reviews
Pre-Columbine. What's an outlaw to do when a sad little Cinderella needs a Prince?
Alias Smith & Jones - Rated: K - English - Western/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,974 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 11/17/2010 - Complete
Rainbow reviews
A blue-eyed charmer has the Kid wrapped around her little fingers.
Alias Smith & Jones - Rated: K+ - English - Angst/Western - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,109 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 11/8/2010 - Complete
An OldFashioned Affair reviews
A wealthy spinster and a lady of easy virtue team up to save the Kid from a hangman's noose. But where is his partner? Written for the ASJ Fanfic forum "It was a dark and stormy night" challenge.
Alias Smith & Jones - Rated: K+ - English - Western/Mystery - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,949 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 11/2/2010 - Complete
The FiveSecond Fuse reviews
A gang member decides to get proddy with the Kid. Originally written as a challenge for the ASJ Fanfic Forum.
Alias Smith & Jones - Rated: K - English - Western/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,025 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 3 - Published: 11/1/2010 - Complete
The Parting Glass reviews
In 1918, a naive young writer tracks down one of the last surviving members of the notorious Devil's Hole Gang.
Alias Smith & Jones - Rated: K - English - Western/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,281 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 10/2/2010 - Complete