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"Gunherder" is a piece of flash fiction written by Frank Ballast about war.

The Story

The soldiers in the trench talked of home.

“Your family owns a ranch?”

“Sure,” he answered, cleaning his rifle.

“Like goats and shit? Sheep?”

“No… Land, trucks, guns, hunting. We hunt the wildlife.”


“It’s a lot like here, really.”

“Except here we’re hunting people, not animals.”

“Hearts and minds.”