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Rifleman: Standing Alone”
This section is designated for my
first writing endeavors.....
This section is dedicated to my
stories that stand alone from the others. Some were written
before The Rifleman: Moving Forward, and are referenced in the
series above, while others were written afterward and deviate
from the storyline and details of my saga. Since these are
written to stand alone, different facts that aren't revealed in
the television series (Mark and Lucas's birthdays, details about
Lucas and Margaret's family, etc.) may differ from story to
story. I loved writing the stories that led to the epilogue of
The Rifleman: Moving Forward and couldn't stop. So come along
for the ride as we explore the life and bond Lucas and Mark
McCain shared. Hold on to your hats, there's some rough terrain
A Promise Made ― Mark
tells of the events that led to Lucas allowing him to keep a
hawk as a pet. (A prequel to episode 29, “The Hawk.”)
Strong and Brave
Lucas is in town, two dusty travelers arrive at the McCains’.
Mark is excited to find out that these men are friends with his
pa, but he soon begins to question their motives for being
A year after Margaret's passing, Lucas and Mark find themselves
in Lubbock, Texas. Despite his worries that he
won't be able to make any friends, Mark strikes
up a friendship with one of his classmates. However, Mark soon
discovers that his friend holds a dark secret.
The Evans Gang - part 1
of outlaws takes over North Fork, demanding the release of their
Only A Fool -
The Evans Gang - part 2
A member of the Evans gang tries to force the law’s hand a second time.
Retribution: The Evans Gang - part 3
- "On him that takes revenge, revenge shall be taken, and by a real evil shall dearly pay for the goods that are but airy and fantastical; it is like a rolling stone, which, when a man hath forced up a hill, will return upon him with greater violence, and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion." -Jeremy Taylor
Lucas is known for his stubbornness, but when he gets sick,
Mark's own stubborn determination comes out. However, Mark is
going to need all he can get when he finds himself lost and
injured after a storm.
Your Little Boy
A man arrives at the McCain ranch, looking to learn how to run a
ranch of his own. Learning that this man is the son of an old
friend, Lucas invites him to stay for a while. Mark, however, is
leery of the stranger and fears for his father's safety.
Four Simple Words
Lucas and Mark’s father-son
relationship is put to the test when two brothers come looking
for revenge and Mark begins hiding things from his Pa.
Fighting for Memories
Mark struggles with remembering his mother, but when someone
tries to kill Mark he forgets much more than that.
When a camping trip with Mark and
his friends goes awry, Mark learns some valuable lessons that
will change his life.
Mark leaves North Fork in search of answers without telling
Lucas where he’s going or when he’ll be back. The truth about
Enid and his Pa, however, is far from what Mark ever imagined.
The Long Trail
Lucas and Micah are out of town when they discover Dan Hewitt
has escaped from prison and is headed towards North Fork. Racing
against time to get home, Lucas has yet to discover that Hewitt
isn't Mark's only threat.
More than once, Lucas has taken the witness stand despite the
possible consequences. This time, Mark is determined to follow
in his father’s footsteps and do the same.
Mark finds himself torn between his badge, his Pa, and the woman
(Long story warning!)
Dead or Alive ―
“NO!” Mark boomed; briefly taken aback by the way he had spoken.
“...I won’t stop. I won’t stay here and you can’t make me. My pa
is out there, somewhere. Somewhere he shouldn’t be. I haven’t
seen my pa in five weeks. Five weeks! For most of that, I’ve had
to entertain the idea that he might be dead! But it doesn’t
matter! Dead or alive, I’m going to find my pa, and I’m gonna
bring him home, and I don’t care if it kills me!”
Mark visits his pa's estranged brother and quickly finds himself
caught in the middle of repercussions from their past.
I'll Be Home for
Following a bitter-sweet Thanksgiving, Margaret apprehensively
says goodbye to her husband just before Christmas.
The Rifleman: Moving Forward
Growing up, my brothers watched “The Rifleman” on
occasion, and with nothing better to do I would join them. To be
honest, I didn't understand why they liked the show so much; yet
as I watched more episodes I found myself intrigued by the
family aspect in the western series… and I fell in love with the
bond Lucas and Mark shared.
I started writing my stories so I could explore their
relationship even more and dive deeper into the depths of their
Five season wasn't long enough for me; I wanted to see Mark
finish growing up, get married, have children. I wanted to see
the bond the McCain men shared continue through Mark's adult
life. I also wanted to see some old friends come back to town.
“Someone to Call Pa” picks up just about where the TV show
ended, and I welcome you to explore what the McCain's life
could've been like. I so enjoyed writing these stories; I hope
you enjoy reading about the McCain’s lives after the fifth
Someone to Call Pa
When Mark's worst nightmare becomes a reality, he
struggles to accept the fact that he no longer has someone to
Cherishing the Time
As Mark and Lucas continue life on the McCain ranch, they both
find there are things they will have to learn to accept as Mark
gets older and Lucas goes missing.
3. The Telegram
A forgotten telegram leads to an unexpected visitor at the
ranch... will this visitor bring good or bad changes to North
Mark has to make same major decisions concerning the direction
of his life, but these choices are the least of his problems
when he ends up in jail.
5. Aunt Camilla
Cassie's aunt comes for a visit, bringing a pleasant surprise to
North Fork. However, Cassie is left wondering if Mark will ever
get to meet her aunt as she watches Mark knock on death's door.
6. Do you
"Cassie, do you trust me?"
Mark's question caught Cassie by surprise, but after a moment
"... Of course I do."
"Then please trust me and my judgement now. This is what I've
got to do, and I have to do it alone. You can't tell anyone that
I've left; they'll figure it soon enough when I'm not at church
When buried family secrets are revealed, Mark and Cassie are
both reminded that family is what you make it.
Character of a Coward, Part One
Mark's slowly increasing suspicion of John Osborne is justified
when he uncovers a nineteen year old secret; one that discloses
the true character of Osborne and reveals him as a coward.
Character of a Coward, Part Two
Mark struggles with putting the past behind him in multiple
ways, making it difficult to prepare for the future. Can Lucas
get through to his son when he realizes he's moved forward too
quickly for Mark, or will Mark keep his nightmares a secret? And
what would happen if John... asked for forgiveness?
Character of a Coward, Part Three
Everyone in North Fork attempts to return their lives to normal
after the trial. However, an intruder at the Donalds' and a
murder attempt make "normal" a fantasy.
Mark and Lucas finally learn how
to be partners in the full sense of the word when they face
losing yet another wife and mother.
While Milly takes steps towards recovery, Mark and Cassie
settle into married life and Anna begins nursing school. It
isn't long, however, before a young girl is found outside of
town with a letter for Lucas… and no memory of who she is.
Family and friends come together to celebrate the holidays
before goodbyes must be said.
I gave you a warning as plain as can be,
But you didn't listen and antagonized me.
One wasn't enough; you had to take two
So what's coming to you is long overdue.
Do not try my patience, for it easily is lost,
And the life of your son could be the cost.
This is your one and only warning...
Come, lest you join me in my mourning.
“What are you doing here!?” Lucas demanded.
“Well, you forgot your rifle.” Mark replied, picking the
“You know I didn't forget it.”
16. The Suitor
Lucas thought he'd been through it all when he raised
Mark. But when a trouble maker and Rachael take a liking to each
other, he's at a complete loss for what to do.
Cattle and Children
As Lou, Milly, and Laura prepare
for the arrival of their children, Mark and Lucas prepare the
cattle for market. However, when Mark insists that Lucas stays
home to be there when the youngest McCain is born, tragedy
A Town Divided
Micah finds himself in a difficult situation when he has to
arrest Mark for murder.
Friend and Foe
An old friend of Lucas's returns, looking for a second chance.
Mark, however, is completely against the man being in town and
sees him as a threat.
Cassie is asked to teach at the school while Stephan is away.
All of Catherine's children end up needing to share news with
the rest of the family.
Change of Season
The McCain's encounter a change of season they never expected.
Mark's family struggles to not look back.
24. Home for the
With everyone safely back in North Fork, friends and family look
forward to celebrating the holidays. However, recent events
leave Mark and Cassie apprehensive.
25. Oklahoma Bound
Mark, Cassie, and Daniel head to Oklahoma to visit relatives.
Joseph McCain accompanies Mark and his family back to North
Fork, blows occur between Jason and Ned, and an intern from John
Hopkins arrives with questions for Doc.
...And More Family
More secrets are revealed when a member of Laura's family
arrives in town.
Welcome to North Fork
North Fork welcomes its new teacher and doctor.
Lucas takes out a loan on the
ranch without telling Mark; Mark worries about what Lucas might
do if Milly doesn't make it.
A member of the McCain family has to say goodbye.
The Love of Money
Returning to Chicago to collect
an inheritance left for him by Daniel Hanes, Mark is put in a
situation that will change his life forever.
32. Rosemary & Time
Mark and Cassie begin the long process of dealing with what
happened in Chicago and Doc is asked to keep a secret.
33. Friends in Need
Ben Severs and Micah both find themselves in need of a McCain’s
34. In-laws & Outlaws
In the middle of a feud with his mother-in-law, outlaws pull
Mark away from his family.
35. A Visitor Returns
An old friend of the McCains’ arrives in North Fork just in time
to meet the newest member of the family.
Marshal Anker arrives in town with news of Ned’s promotion...
Love & Marriage
As Lucas and Milly come up on their sixth wedding anniversary,
Ara arrives in North Fork with a surprise for Cassie and Ben
finally reveals his long-kept secret to Cora.
Growing up, Mark found out that many men he had known and
trusted were criminals. But nothing would ever prepare him for
the day when his own father would try to kill him.
Trying to find a balance as he worries about Reaper, Mark
misunderstands the advice his father gives him. Jake and Emma
come for a visit and discover that they too have some
40. Dear Mark
A letter written by his wife turns Mark’s world completely
Mark and Cassie move to Dayton, Washington to start over.
Cowboys & Courtship
Rees and Isaac settle into the rhythm at life at the ranch as
Isaac continues to pursue his courtship with Elizabeth. A visit
from one of Isaac's relatives, however stirs up trouble.
As Isaac helplessly waits for Tim Young to come around, Lucas
has to come up with an answer for Charles. Later, another
stranger arrives in town with questions for Doc Burrage, and
tensions rise as circumstances strain Mark and Cassie’s
While in North Fork visiting the family, Mark finds himself
racing to save his sister’s life.
Mark and Cassie receive word of Reaper's arrest and
anticipate the trial's verdict. An arrest Mark makes, however,
puts his own life in jeopardy.
This is a story based on the TV
series The Rifleman
Here are some other great stories. Enjoy!
around The McCain Ranch