Active Duty exclusive excerpt from Logan Zachary’s ‘Ready Reserve’The rest of the day was spent playing war games, challenging our shooting skills and tactical skills, and seeing how well we could read a map and use the compass and sights for possible aerial attacks
The heat of the day beat down on us and I drank as much water as I could to stay hydrated. Two men passed out and had to be sent to the infirmary for IV fluids to rehydrate them.
Harris motioned for me after supper to head over to the latrine. “Let’s go skinny-dipping. It’ll cool us off before bed.”
I dreaded to see how hot our tent was going to be and this was the only way to really cool off. “Lead on.”
We stripped off our clothes back to back and jumped into the water, then swam for a while to relax our sore muscles. Once cool, we floated together.
“I guess it could be worse,” I said.
“How?” Harris smiled as he sank lower into the water until only his eyes were above the surface.
“I’ve had some partners that are so intense and no fun. They couldn’t relax to save their life and would never do this in a million years.”
“You have to make the best out of life,” Harris said. “If you don’t no one else will.”
What simple advice and such great insight. “I guess we do make our experiences better or worse by how we see them and react to them.”
Harris moved closer to me. I could feel his body heat radiate through the water.
He moved closer.
We could almost touch and my body tensed. I felt he was going to kiss me, but he held his distance and floated.
My breathing increased, and my whole body tingled with a schoolgirl crush. What was he doing to me? He was married with children. Was he flirting? What the hell was going on?
His leg brushed against mine in the water. “Should we head back?” His voice was so smooth and calm.
“Sure,” I shivered. Not sure whether it was from the cold water or the heat I felt for Harris.
He kicked his legs in front of me, treaded water and looked at me.
I was instantly hard and wondered if he could see, and then I wanted to see if he was too, but couldn’t look down. His gaze held mine.