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Joined 02-23-03, id: 347360, Profile Updated: 08-19-16
Author has written 18 stories for Lord of the Rings, West Wing, and Young Riders.

Almost 20 years ago, before social media, while in college, I developed a site dedicated to The Young Riders called The Way Station. It was the first time I was brave enough to post anything I'd written. I met amazing people from all over the world, who gave me confidence and helped me find my voice as a writer, eventually giving me the courage to go on writing other things. I wrote feverishly in those days, ten-page chapters every night for long stretches. I made friends that are still friends today. I wanted a permanent place to archive the work I did there, not because it is amazing, but because it gave me joy and pride many years ago and I wanted a place to house it.

In the intervening years, I have gone to graduate school, moved around a bit, started my career, married, and most importantly become a mom to two beautiful little girls. I've fallen in love with other characters, some of them my own, some of them from The West Wing, and Lord of the Rings. But I have never been able to shake my first love, The Young Riders.

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The Man I Used to Be by Mercy2908 reviews
In a cabin far from the madding crowd, a boy is unhappy. What is wrong with him?
Young Riders - Rated: K - English - Family/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 121 - Words: 336,359 - Reviews: 484 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 11 - Updated: 8/27 - Published: 7/30/2013 - Lou
New Town, Old Friends by BstnStrg13 reviews
It's fifteen years since the Pony Express has shut down and Jimmy Hickok is working as a lawman. When he arrives in the latest in a long series of towns, he runs into an old friend. (Jimmy/Lou)
Young Riders - Rated: K - English - Western/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,014 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 4 - Published: 6/15 - Lou, Jimmy Hickok, Kid - Complete
The Journey of a Thousand Miles by hearthandhomeauthor reviews
As the Civil War fades, The Kid receives an invitation from an unlikely source to become the sheriff of a town he and Lou had helped years ago. Yet while this town remains a serene haven for a new life, old enemies never seem to fade. Thus begins a journey for Louise and The Kid into the unknown and the hope of keeping their promises to both themselves and to those they love.
Young Riders - Rated: K+ - English - Western/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 756 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 3 - Published: 4/30 - Lou, Kid
Chasing Dreams by kgmohror reviews
Lou has dreamed of saving up enough money to provide for her sister and brother on their own place. Suddenly her carefully planned future is threatened. Can she and Kid keep her dream alive?
Young Riders - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Western - Chapters: 20 - Words: 30,850 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 2 - Published: 8/11/2016 - Lou, Kid - Complete
Gift of the Heart by kgmohror reviews
I don't think we ever learned why Lou happened to give Kid a present at the beginning of "Just Like Old Times." This is just a little speculation on what might have prompted Miss McCloud's surprise for him.
Young Riders - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,279 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 2 - Published: 4/28/2016 - Lou, Tompkins - Complete
The Long Way Home by kgmohror reviews
After Kid and Lou stop riding double, Kid makes a fateful decision. Will Lou be able to move on without the man she loves?
Young Riders - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 15 - Words: 30,020 - Reviews: 32 - Favs: 5 - Published: 3/25/2016 - Lou, Kid - Complete
The Winds of Change by CheriEstella reviews
The end of the express is coming soon, and so is war. How will Lou, Jimmy, Kid and the others deal with the changes. How will they deal with, Love, lies, betrayal and death.
Young Riders - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Romance - Chapters: 20 - Words: 69,832 - Reviews: 65 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 13 - Updated: 7/8/2015 - Published: 2/27/2015 - Lou, Jimmy Hickok
Dream a Little Dream by SeGate reviews
Kid and Lou are delighted to be expecting their first child, so why is Kid avoiding Lou? And will her stubborn streak cost them both their happiness?
Young Riders - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,041 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 1 - Published: 10/26/2014
Return to Rock Creek by SeGate reviews
A few years have passed since the telegraph put the Pony Express out of business, and Lou decides to return to the only place she really thought of as home: Rock Creek. My first attempt at a continuing story, I hope you like it...
Young Riders - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Romance - Chapters: 47 - Words: 74,916 - Reviews: 403 - Favs: 25 - Follows: 18 - Updated: 12/31/2013 - Published: 1/14/2013 - Lou, Jimmy Hickok - Complete
Two Out of Three Ain't Bad by BrilliantDarkness reviews
Set after the sun set on the Elias Mills hanging. Two people try to deal with overwhelming feelings following the profound days spent with Mills. As they try to figure what their time with him meant to them, they also try to find their place in the world and with each other.
Young Riders - Rated: T - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,470 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 1 - Published: 6/22/2013 - Lou, Jimmy Hickok - Complete
Unchain My Soul by Mercy2908 reviews
Wrong decisions steered Lou away from her path, and she found herself in the worst place in earth. Regrets were not possible, but would fate help her to straighten her life again?
Young Riders - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Drama - Chapters: 39 - Words: 109,786 - Reviews: 126 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 4/12/2013 - Published: 3/26/2013 - Lou, Kid - Complete
The Streets of London by Sid Mc reviews
The hunt for a ruthless killer unites ambitious young police officers in 1990s London. AU. (Previously published.)
Young Riders - Rated: M - English - Drama/Suspense - Chapters: 37 - Words: 120,332 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 3/11/2013 - Complete
Jack Fell Down by Sid Mc reviews
A mysterious new rider hides secrets that Lou and Jimmy are determined to uncover. (Very old story, previously-published. First in a series; heavy on the melodrama.) Image copyright: Nesciri.
Young Riders - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 22 - Words: 38,146 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 3/10/2013 - Complete
My Foolish Heart by Sid Mc reviews
A handsome, dashing, Shakespeare-quoting villain takes Lou hostage, and loses his heart in the process. (A very old, previously-published fic.) Image copyright: Nesciri.
Young Riders - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 11 - Words: 22,982 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 3 - Published: 3/9/2013 - Complete
Something Left to Save by BrilliantDarkness reviews
Two friends meet again after many years and find a spark that might finally be able to ignite.
Young Riders - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,708 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 8 - Published: 5/9/2012 - [Lou, Jimmy Hickok] - Complete
Shadow in the Woods by BrilliantDarkness reviews
A horrific crime starts an investigation but it is not an isolated incident. As the victims pile up Teaspoon and the boys will become more desperate to find the culprit.
Young Riders - Rated: T - English - Crime/Mystery - Chapters: 22 - Words: 65,931 - Reviews: 115 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 11/25/2011 - Published: 11/3/2011 - Jimmy Hickok, Buck - Complete
I Want You by BrilliantDarkness reviews
Not a "missing scene" per se but a bit deeper into the scene where Lou wants to talk about their kiss...Thanks again to the great bard Bob Dylan.
Young Riders - Rated: K+ - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 950 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/1/2011 - Lou, Jimmy Hickok - Complete
When Shadows Fade by A. Thena Agron reviews
Kid is haunted by memories of the past as the riders return to Sweetwater. Events happen six years after the demise of the Pony Express. Originally published on the Riders Coming! site but has been thoroughly re-edited. Some new scenes, new dialogue.
Young Riders - Rated: K+ - English - Western/Adventure - Chapters: 12 - Words: 29,827 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 2/26/2008 - Published: 1/15/2008 - Complete
Three of Hearts by A. Thena Agron reviews
A tag to the second season episode Color Blind. Jimmy struggles with his feelings for Lou. Kid despairs over the way he and Lou left things. Lou is still upset over what she sees as Kid's betrayal.
Young Riders - Rated: K+ - English - Western/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,382 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 3 - Published: 12/30/2007 - Complete
Ashes, East Winds, Hope that Rises by ErinRua reviews
Through EOMER's eyes - the peril of Rohan, the duplicity of the Wormtongue, and the coming of hope to the Riddermark. Cast -Eomer, Aragorn, Theoden, Grima, Eowyn, Gimli, Legolas and several good horses. MITHRIL AWARD Finalist!
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 4 - Words: 20,557 - Reviews: 51 - Favs: 46 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 12/25/2005 - Published: 12/3/2002 - Aragorn, Grima W.
The Scruff Factor by JastaElf reviews
How DID Aragorn come to be neat & tidy for Elrond's Council? Ch. 7, The Long Awaited Scruffilogue: in which a squirrely evening is had by all, Dwarves learn not to drop eaves, and Legolas courts doom by going to bed early. This story is finally complete!
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 7 - Words: 40,871 - Reviews: 526 - Favs: 640 - Follows: 59 - Updated: 4/2/2005 - Published: 10/13/2002 - Aragorn, Legolas - Complete
In the Deep Places by Lamiel reviews
Legolas and Gimli set the foundations for friendship in Moria and Lothlorien. Mithril Award Winner: Best Lord of the Rings. COMPLETE.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Angst - Chapters: 17 - Words: 99,954 - Reviews: 426 - Favs: 410 - Follows: 42 - Updated: 6/16/2004 - Published: 6/16/2003 - Complete
Aftershocks by Cindy Ryan reviews
When Lou takes a bullet meant for Jimmy how will the other Riders react? Complete
Young Riders - Rated: K+ - English - Angst - Chapters: 16 - Words: 15,809 - Reviews: 27 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 3/25/2004 - Published: 11/12/2002 - Complete
marinus stiria by bryn bnw reviews
Following violent confrontation with Aragorn, Legolas sets out with aid of Gimli to rid Gondor of the Sea Stone. Sensing certain disaster, Aragorn is hard on their heels. Unfortunately, so too is the head Corsair of Umbar...
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Angst - Chapters: 18 - Words: 66,064 - Reviews: 265 - Favs: 89 - Follows: 35 - Updated: 1/9/2004 - Published: 6/3/2002
The Art of Stalking by Fairy Laughing reviews
A young Estel has decided that he wants to become a ranger, so the first logical step towards perfect rangerness is to master the art of stalking. Estel fails to sneak up on Elladan and Elrohir, but they agree to teach him how to stalk properly. Complete.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,496 - Reviews: 33 - Favs: 23 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/5/2003 - Aragorn, Elrond - Complete
May the Valar protect them by Nilmandra reviews
This is the story of Legolas and the amazing circumstances set around his birth and early life. Features Legolas, Thranduil and a cast of original characters from Greenwood and beyond.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Angst - Chapters: 30 - Words: 136,907 - Reviews: 544 - Favs: 341 - Follows: 43 - Updated: 3/16/2003 - Published: 12/29/2002 - Legolas - Complete
The Sun In His Hands by JastaElf reviews
Near the end of Aragorn's life he spends a rainy afternoon with Legolas, discussing the past, sealonging, & love... for Ithilien's birthday! A simple edit, nothing particularly new...
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,892 - Reviews: 67 - Favs: 67 - Follows: 5 - Published: 1/19/2003 - Legolas, Aragorn - Complete
Watch This! by daw the minstrel reviews
Little elves fight boredom with shields, a stairway, and a phrase dreaded by the parents of boychildren of all races. Shameless movieverse.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,557 - Reviews: 56 - Favs: 47 - Follows: 4 - Published: 1/13/2003 - Legolas - Complete
A Life More Ordinary by Scribe reviews
COMPLETE! The War of the Ring is over and the Fellowship have settled back into their lives. However, they soon learn that normal is a matter of perspective and sometimes the ordinary can be more confounding then even Sauron and all the hosts of Mordor.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Drama - Chapters: 8 - Words: 59,793 - Reviews: 47 - Favs: 37 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 7/20/2002 - Published: 6/11/2002 - Complete
Whispers In The Dark *COMPLETE* by Nesciri reviews
Something terrible and evil from an old civilization enters the riders' life and wreak havoc among them.
Young Riders - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Horror - Chapters: 11 - Words: 37,528 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 1 - Updated: 3/7/2002 - Published: 2/17/2002
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There is A Season reviews
Lou has returned to Sweetwater with a shattered heart, a heavy burden, and a binding promise to bring a future she dreamed of to life. Too proud to reach out to a family divided by the war, she faces a still Wild West with range wars brewing. She will chance everything to carve a new life but risking happiness after losing everything may require more courage than she has left.
Young Riders - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 17 - Words: 51,043 - Reviews: 133 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 23 - Updated: 12/6 - Published: 6/26 - Lou, Jimmy Hickok
Ghost of the Past reviews
Wicks has survived his gunshot wound. He now is after his stolen money, and the young girl who escaped him years ago. Lou, along with the rest of her rider family, must face her devastating past if she is to have a chance at a future. Episode Reference: Goodnight, Sweet Charlotte *Post-episode *alternative ending (Completed Story, but polishing/revising)
Young Riders - Rated: T - English - Drama/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 2 - Words: 13,096 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 9/14 - Published: 8/13/2016 - Lou, Jimmy Hickok, Kid, Wicks
Disappearing Every Day reviews
Lou makes an enemy of the wrong man when her secret is discovered by an outsider, forcing her to confront the demons of her past. As an obsession grows, everything Lou holds dear is threatened; her job, her family, and before it is over, her life and the lives of those she loves most will hang in the balance. Post Episode: The Exchange
Young Riders - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 28 - Words: 90,994 - Reviews: 204 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 16 - Updated: 6/12 - Published: 12/14/2016 - Lou, Jimmy Hickok, Kid - Complete
Wild Rose reviews
A sequel to A Bond So Strong. The riders discover Jimmy has left behind a daughter after his death. This is the story of the next generation of The Young Riders, struggling to make their mark on a still Wild West. *Complete*
Young Riders - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 21 - Words: 101,851 - Reviews: 28 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 12/31/2016 - Published: 11/9/2016 - Lou, Jimmy Hickok, Kid, OC - Complete
A Bond So Strong reviews
When Kid decides to fight for the South, the riders that were once family are divided, on opposite sides of a bloody conflict that has been stalking them from their first days together. When Kid is taken as a prisoner of war, and Lou returns home for help, the boys must decide which bonds are stronger: their loyalty to their country or their loyalty to each other. Complete.
Young Riders - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 22 - Words: 83,625 - Reviews: 37 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 10/9/2016 - Published: 9/2/2016 - Lou, Jimmy Hickok, Kid - Complete
Captives reviews
Lou's devastation over her estrangement with Kid causes her to flee blindly into danger, and it is Jimmy to ride after her. When they are captured by a Sioux war party and taken to the village as captives, they will have to rely on each other for support and survival. Both will be forced to confront their growing feelings for the other. Gap-filler, post-ep. Color Blind. Complete.
Young Riders - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 14 - Words: 47,637 - Reviews: 49 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 9/1/2016 - Published: 8/19/2016 - Lou, Jimmy Hickok, Kid, Curly - Complete
Broken Sky reviews
Hard-won peace may prove short-lived when a faceless enemy strikes deep into the heart of Gondor and Rohan. Those involved will journey dark roads in a desperate attempt to keep all from being lost. Post ROTK. ensemble
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 8 - Words: 33,174 - Reviews: 130 - Favs: 34 - Follows: 15 - Updated: 8/23/2007 - Published: 5/14/2003 - Aragorn, Legolas
Queen of Hearts reviews
Jimmy's involvement with a saloon girl with dangerous secrets may cost him not only his life but the lives of those he loves most.
Young Riders - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 13 - Words: 48,356 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 2 - Published: 6/19/2005 - Jimmy Hickok
The Answer is in Dawn reviews
She was forgotten below at Helms Deep; now here is the story of the shieldmaiden's waiting, her fury, and her fight to heal both the wounds of Rohan and the one she cannot reach. *movieverse, Part III of completed trilogy*
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 2 - Words: 7,642 - Reviews: 26 - Favs: 10 - Updated: 7/21/2003 - Published: 3/23/2003 - Legolas, Eowyn - Complete
And Moon Rides High reviews
Legolas searches for his peace amidst war in the world of men and finds it in an unlikely conversation with the shieldmaiden. *Revised, Part II of Completed Trilogy, movieverse*
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 2 - Words: 5,160 - Reviews: 32 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 7/9/2003 - Published: 3/13/2003 - Legolas, Aragorn - Complete
When Day Comes Down reviews
As the sun rises over Helm's Deep, Aragorn is faced with the possibility of a world in which hate will overtake all else. Only the one who is lost to him can ease his despair. She will meet him in the sky.*Part I of Completed Trilogy, Revised, movieverse*
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 2 - Words: 5,254 - Reviews: 28 - Favs: 16 - Updated: 7/6/2003 - Published: 3/8/2003 - Aragorn, Arwen U. - Complete
First Light of Evenstar reviews
Aragorn is called home to Rivendell to track orcs who have taken Arwen, and is accompanied by a warrior-elf called Legolas who has little trust in him. An AU tale of how both Arwen and Legolas came to love Aragorn, and he them. *REVISED*
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 7 - Words: 19,166 - Reviews: 93 - Favs: 28 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 6/22/2003 - Published: 2/23/2003 - Aragorn, Legolas
Sneezes and Sword Fights reviews
Sequel to "Dragons or Ribbons." When Aragorn takes ill, Arwen persuades an unsuspecting Legolas to care for the ungracious and surly King. *complete*
Lord of the Rings - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 12 - Words: 36,320 - Reviews: 405 - Favs: 153 - Follows: 13 - Updated: 5/29/2003 - Published: 3/31/2003 - Legolas, Aragorn - Complete
Namárië, Elessar reviews
They paid the price now of loving him, the one that had been fated to leave them from the very first day. Arwen and Legolas say their goodbyes to Aragorn and to one another, as Legolas takes Arwen to Lothlorien to fade away.
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K+ - English - Angst - Chapters: 2 - Words: 4,406 - Reviews: 37 - Favs: 27 - Updated: 5/5/2003 - Published: 5/4/2003 - Aragorn, Arwen U.
Geometry reviews
She's Mathematical. Numbers Don't Lie, Presidents Do. *Complete* CJ/Toby, post-ep
West Wing - Rated: T - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,817 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 3/27/2003 - Complete
Passage reviews
As CJ, Toby, Josh, and Sam make their way down the eerie Pacific Coast Highway on a stormy night, old ghosts will haunt CJ. Post-ep, "The Women of Qumar"
West Wing - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 6 - Words: 33,597 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 23 - Follows: 1 - Published: 3/26/2003
Dragons or Ribbons reviews
The lengths any self-respecting elf-warrior will go to in order to win the approval of the King's 5 year-old daughter. Legolas entertains Aragorn's youngest child upon his return to Minas Tirith. *Complete, Post ROTK*
Lord of the Rings - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,799 - Reviews: 148 - Favs: 232 - Follows: 21 - Published: 3/10/2003 - Legolas, Aragorn - Complete
The Face of Mourning reviews
She didn't think that she loved him; she just thought maybe she would have liked to. CJ's immediate reaction to Simon Donovan's exit from the series. She'll get by with some help from friends.
West Wing - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 11,466 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 1 - Published: 2/23/2003