Duty Or Murder Excellent Short Story

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"Target Acquired command, moving into position" I whispered into the radio as I settled into a more comfortable position. My mission is simple yet tedious, I am in this shit hole of a country for one reason, to locate and eliminate General Chion, the command and chief of one of North Vietnams most deadly platoons.I settle my Remington 700 LTR (Light Tactical Rifle) into a more comfortable position and once again begin my wait. My name is Tim Kenneth; I am half Nez Perce Indian; learned to track when I was six years old, and have been rustling my own food since I was knee high to a grasshopper. I was born and grew up on a large ranch in southern Colorado 25 years ago and am currently over two hundred miles behind North Vietnam's half perceivable lines. I have been in Vietnam for three years the majority of which I have spent as a Sniper. I had not been here three months before my excellent marksmanship was discovered and I was given the opportunity of a promotion and a position in the United States most well known sniper division. Since then I have had a total of seventy-four confirmed kills thirty-one of which at a range over three hundred yards, giving me the fourth highest number of kills in a single career. I am therefore the natural selection for this particular mission which I embarked on over three weeks ago. I have been locating and searching every known enemy compound for my target since then. This time will be different however; I have confirmed his presence twice already and am waiting for my one shot one kill. Today I am going to kill a man in cold blood.As I wait I reflect "What type of career had I gotten myself into anyways?" I hear that now the government has been drafting its eligible men to come over here and fight for sometime now but I volunteered. What kind of a person was I? What had I been thinking? Did I enjoy killing? Had I thought it would be exciting? Now isn't exactly the time to be having second thoughts but I am sick of this, sick of waking in the middle of the night with the image of the victim to my last murder still in my head. Those words ran through my head again. Today I am going to kill a man in cold blood. Why now? Why these second thoughts during the most important...

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