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Joined 07-12-14, id: 5892716, Profile Updated: 06-16-18
Author has written 13 stories for Gunsmoke.

I'm a recently retired non-fiction writer (computer manuals mostly) and forensic accountant. The only fanfic that I wrote before these Gunsmoke stories were some Star Trek stories back when we published them in mimeo. My family were pioneers in Nevada right after the Civil War, and my grandmother and her older sister were born there in 1876 and 1888 - both lived to over a hundred. I remember my great-aunt, after a lifetime on the frontier, telling us kids "I never knew a cowboy who wasn't a gentleman." Of course, I'm sure her interaction with these gentlemen was somewhat different from how they behaved in a saloon, but I've always remembered that line and taken it to heart.

Some of you have asked more about my family. My grandmother's father was a judge in Nevada in the last couple decades of the 1800s. He rode circuit, and also sat a bench in Reno. Before he was appointed judge, he was a gold miner, ran a mercantile, edited a newspaper, read law, and served as an attorney. He did all those things while my great-grandmother 'waited' for him back east in Maryland for ten years. She was in her mid-thirties when he finally came for her, married her, and brought her back to live on the frontier in Winnemucca. She had seven children, and my grandmother, the last, was born when she was in her mid-40s. I grew up on stories and songs of the West and what it was like to be a pioneer. I try to share some of that in what I write.

Now as to my attitude towards flaming - I don't like it, but I'm a big girl, and, as I said, a professional writer. My ego's pretty flexible. Please don't any of you think you need to defend me against a negative comment. Believe me, when you've lived for years with critics who can hold a paycheck over your head, the sniping little comments that occasionally come through on this board seem pretty trivial. I would ask those who enjoy my work to simply refrain from rising to the bait of commenting on others' reviews. It's great to talk about the story, or the writing, but I would consider it a favor if you left negative comments alone and didn't carp at each other. I thank you sincerely.

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the Birthday Stockings by littlegreenlake reviews
Matt Dillon asks Dottie Bender to do a little fancy work on three pairs of warm wool stockings for Kitty's birthday.
Gunsmoke - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 10 - Words: 13,283 - Reviews: 85 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 11/22/2015 - Published: 8/30/2015 - Complete
Apart by KRDAMD5 reviews
Matt and Kitty separate after an argument not knowing what will take place after they are apart. Sooooooooooooo sorry. I went to make an edit and ended up deleting the story by mistake. So here it is again
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 32 - Words: 40,822 - Reviews: 263 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 14 - Updated: 4/21/2015 - Published: 4/3/2015
The Guest by gsobsess reviews
A reflection
Gunsmoke - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 389 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 2 - Published: 3/16/2015 - Complete
The Gunman by SingerMe reviews
A famous gunman comes into Dodge.
Gunsmoke - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 13 - Words: 15,683 - Reviews: 162 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 1/31/2015 - Published: 1/21/2015 - Matt D., Doc. A., Kitty R., Festus H. - Complete
Revelations by anotherredhead reviews
Sixteen years after leaving Dodge, Kitty returns to ask Matt for a favor. A rewrite of "Return to Dodge."
Gunsmoke - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 16 - Words: 28,306 - Reviews: 211 - Favs: 25 - Follows: 15 - Updated: 1/7/2015 - Published: 1/1/2015 - Matt D., Kitty R. - Complete
Promise to Try by evitascarlett reviews
As Kitty once again sits by the bedside of a wounded Matt Dillon and wills him to fight for his life, she realizes that he didn't spare her any pain by not marrying her...because it doesn't matter if she has his name or wears his ring. She'll still feel like a widow if he dies.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 10 - Words: 19,529 - Reviews: 123 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 15 - Updated: 9/30/2014 - Published: 6/21/2014 - Matt D., Kitty R. - Complete
Beacon of My Soul by lilyjack00 reviews
The following is a combination MM/ATC for Season 2, Episode 21, "Bloody Hands" written by John Meston, directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. This fic assumes that Matt and Kitty are not yet a couple. In "Bloody Hands" the shooting of several members of an outlaw gang, although in self defense, triggers an emotional crisis in Matt. Kitty is there to help see him through it.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Romance - Chapters: 5 - Words: 9,549 - Reviews: 82 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 12 - Updated: 7/31/2014 - Published: 7/27/2014 - Matt D., Kitty R. - Complete
Mercy On Your Soul by Namaste reviews
"How do you figure a man like that ends up dying alone out on the prairie?" Chester asked. Mr. Dillon took the photo and stared at it. "Same way anyone else does, I suppose. Sometimes it seems like things go wrong for so long, you don't know how to put them right."
Gunsmoke - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 2 - Words: 3,539 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 3/23/2014 - Published: 11/18/2013 - Matt D., Chester G., Kitty R. - Complete
Steel Wheels Singing by lilyjack00 reviews
In the words of the Bruce Springsteen song: "Grab your ticket and your suitcase, thunder's rolling down this track. Well, you don't know where you're going now, but you know you won't be back..."
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,998 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 1 - Published: 12/17/2012 - Kitty R., Matt D. - Complete
the Aftermath by GStales reviews
In the aftermath of Jude Bonner, Kitty Russell seeks the courage to live and love again.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 5 - Words: 12,925 - Reviews: 27 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 4/17/2012 - Published: 4/14/2012 - Kitty R., Matt D. - Complete
The Face In The Mirror by cazh reviews
Kitty remembers a distressing part of her past.
Gunsmoke - Rated: M - English - Western/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 12,951 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 2 - Published: 2/6/2012 - Kitty R., Matt D.
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
Imperfection by mahc reviews
He beat the odds because he was good – the best, they said – and Kitty knew it was true. Still, even the best weren’t perfect. And imperfection allowed for mistakes.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 9 - Words: 29,169 - Reviews: 30 - Favs: 22 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 1/3/2006 - Published: 12/11/2005 - Matt D., Kitty R. - Complete
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Hattie's Daughter reviews
This is a Kincaid story. You need to have read "A Fine and Private Place" to understand where this starts. I began writing it a year ago just before Lady of Dodge died. She was reading and commenting on it for me, and after her passing I just could not bring myself to touch it. I may be slow, but I will finish. Please give me your patience. I hope you'll like it.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Western - Chapters: 12 - Words: 29,110 - Reviews: 111 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 2/22/2019 - Published: 5/20/2018 - Matt D., Doc. A., Kitty R.
Journey Home reviews
Thanks to SingerMe for letting me in on this challenge. Here's my take on what the last episode of Season 20 should have been if the Powers That Be knew it was the end of the story and wanted to wind things up right. This is fairly short and you get a chapter a day. Comments on what you think is going to happen next are especially welcome. Yes, that means YOU, GunShy!
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Western/Romance - Chapters: 16 - Words: 19,501 - Reviews: 218 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 6/12/2016 - Published: 5/29/2016 - Matt D., Doc. A., Kitty R. - Complete
Two Unforgivable Things reviews
This is a Missing Moment for the 5th season episode "Belle's Back". This week marks a year for me on this site - a year, three novels, and several short stories. I want to thank all of you for the welcome you've given me. When I say it has changed my life I'm not overstating the case. When I say it may have saved my life, I'm not being frivolous. Thank you. Enjoy the story.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Western/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,039 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 6 - Published: 7/23/2015 - Matt D., Kitty R. - Complete
She Fought Back reviews
Sometimes in life a woman has to fight to defend what is hers.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Western/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 668 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 2 - Published: 5/18/2015 - Matt D., Kitty R. - Complete
No Hostages reviews
"Everyone makes deals. Sometimes they just don't make good ones." Jude Bonner had been known to say that. General Stonewall Jackson, on the other hand, used to tell his troops "Never let them take hostages. It never works. Better to fight and die." Who knew how far those words would travel?
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Western - Chapters: 1 - Words: 640 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 2 - Published: 5/12/2015 - Sam N., Kitty R., Newly O. - Complete
ATC to The Men Who Loved Her reviews
So many people have asked us questions about "what happened next" that LadyofDodge and I came up with a brief ATC for you. Hey, if we can have an ATC to an episode, we can have one to a story! Enjoy.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Western/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,248 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 3 - Published: 3/26/2015
The Men Who Loved Her reviews
Kitty Russell was a remarkable woman, and a number of men, foremost among them Matt Dillon, loved her in a variety of ways. This story is about the different kinds of love, care, comfort, and protection that arise in relation what can happen in a person's life.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Western/Adventure - Chapters: 25 - Words: 80,868 - Reviews: 277 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 11 - Updated: 3/22/2015 - Published: 2/12/2015 - Matt D., Kitty R. - Complete
Silent Night reviews
Festus and Kitty are heading home from the Ronninger's ranch on Christmas Eve when they meet with an unexpected delay. This is my response to the "Just like TV" challenge on the Gunsmoke proboard. It's a short Christmas story that would have made a half-hour black and white episode - but fits in somewhere around season 10. I welcome your comments here and on the proboard.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Western - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,608 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 8 - Published: 12/28/2014 - Matt D., Doc. A., Kitty R., Festus H. - Complete
Testimony reviews
Kitty's the only eye witness to a murder, but someone's determined to see she doesn't testify. The story takes place just after the fifth season episode "Kitty's Injury". Warning: This story contains a stagecoach ride. Just sayin'.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Western/Romance - Chapters: 17 - Words: 52,448 - Reviews: 169 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 17 - Updated: 12/13/2014 - Published: 10/26/2014 - Matt D., Doc. A., Kitty R. - Complete
No reviews
We all think we know how Matt and Kitty's relationship was different from the way we saw it on TV, but what if we were wrong - at least for some of those years? What if there were reasons for that? What if those reasons changed? Sometimes saying "No" can be the beginning of saying "Yes".
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Western/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,949 - Reviews: 27 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 3 - Published: 11/19/2014 - Matt D., Doc. A., Kitty R. - Complete
A Fine and Private Place: A Kincaid Story reviews
Matt and Kitty have been together nearly 15 years - in the privacy of Kitty's room, and with advice from friends old and new, they explore the changes that might happen in their lives. The story accepts most of the series up through season 14, then makes some turns. Adult content.
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Romance/Western - Chapters: 35 - Words: 108,310 - Reviews: 329 - Favs: 23 - Follows: 22 - Updated: 10/17/2014 - Published: 7/13/2014 - Matt D., Doc. A., Sam N., Kitty R. - Complete
It Had Been a While… reviews
ATC to the season 18 episode "The Brothers".
Gunsmoke - Rated: T - English - Romance/Western - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,698 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 1 - Published: 10/5/2014 - Matt D., Kitty R. - Complete
Hot August Night reviews
For those who asked for it, this is a continuation of the flashback scene in Chapter 16 of A Fine and Private Place that describes Matt and Kitty's first time together. It's steamy, graphic, and intimate. If you don't like to read that kind of thing, then don't bother with this. I'm rating it M.
Gunsmoke - Rated: M - English - Romance/Western - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,074 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 3 - Published: 9/2/2014 - Matt D., Kitty R. - Complete