One day, Charo was walking by the park, and a ball flew right in front of him.
He jumped for the ball and caught it.
At the same time, a charming little dog came out from the bushes.
It was the same dog he had seen the other day.
"Hey, that's mine! Give it back!"
"It... flew to me, so I... I'm sorry. I didn't mean to ..."
"That's okay. Just give it back."
Candy didn't seem to trust Charo.
She also seemed a bit afraid.
"Don't worry. I won't do anything."
"Of course not. What can a small puppy like you do to a big girl like me?"
"Then, don't be afraid."
"I'm not afraid."
"Here. Take the ball."
The voice came from beyond the bushes.
"Arf, arf. I'm here."
"So your name is Candy."
"Y... yes. And you?"
"Candy... that's a nice name. I've never seen any dog like you in Japan."
"You're from another country?"
"Yes, I'm from Japan."
"Foreign dogs that I know are big and their fur seems different, but you, you are not."
"No, I'm not. Thank you."
"I didn't say anything to be thanked for."
Again, a voice called out for Candy.
"Chris is calling. I'd better get going."
"Is he your owner?"
"Yes. He is eight years old."
"Ah, my owner is 8 years old, too."
"That's a coincidence. But Chris and I are special. We are best friends."
"Shota and I are best friends, too."
"Oh, well, good for you. I have to go now. Thanks catching the ball."
Charo wanted to say something but Candy had already run back.
He watched her jumping cheerfully around Chris.
Once again he thought of Shota and himself.
He missed Shota.
A few days later, Charo had a dream.
In the dream, he was explaining to somebody how he had met Shota.
"It was snowing that day. I was so cold and hungry at the park. Shota came and found me."
"But Shota just went away. I was very sad. I thought I was dying. Then, Shota again with a sausage. I was so happy. I ate it."
"Shota picked me up and took me home. He wanted to keep me. He asked his father."
"But Shota's father said no."
"Shota's father said nothing and went to his room. But Shota didn't give up. He held me and sat outside."
"Suppertime came, but Shota stayed with me. I was very worried. Snow was falling and Shota looked cold. After a while, Shota's father came out. He had a big sweater. He put it on Shota's shoulders. He said "You win, Shota". We were very, very happy. Shota hugged me and smiled at me. Then, he gave me a name."
"I was excited. I had a name. I barked. Shota laughed too. Right? Shota?
Charo woke up.
He was at Dread's nest in New York.
"You're a noisy one, even when you're asleep."
"It was a dream. Dread, I'm going back to Japan. I don't care how long it takes."
"Shota did everything for me. Now, I will do everything to go back to Shota."
Charo felt good because he was able to meet Shota in his dream.
Once again, he promised himself, he would go back to Shota and for that he would never give up.
"I can do it. Yes, I can. And I have to. I have to get back home."