"How to Take a Walk"
by Leo Dangel
This is farming country. The neighbors will believe you are crazy if you take a walk just to think and be alone. So carry a shotgun and walk the fence line. Pretend you are hunting and your walking will not arouse suspicion. But don’t forget to load the shotgun. They will know if your gun is empty. Stop occasionally. Cock your head and listen to the doves you never see. Part the tall weeds with your hand and inspect the ground. Sniff the air as a hunter would. (That wonderful smell of sweet clover is a bonus.) Soon you will forget the gun in your hands, but remember, someone may be watching. If you hear beating wings and see the bronze flash of something flying up, you will have to shoot it.