Chapter 1: Past Times

It was late at night at Road Rover HQ. It was a peaceful night as all were sleeping except one. Hunter had awaked from his sleep in the middle of the night. He looked over and saw Colleen still asleep; both have been married for a few months now. He was happy he hadn't woke her up. He glanced around their room. After they came back from their honeymoon the whole team had surprised them with their new room. It was a lot bigger and had their stuff in it along with a large bed and framed copy of their wedding photo that showed both of them standing together in each others arms hung over their bed. They were both surprised at the surprise they gave them. Hunter then felt thirsty so he carefully got out of bed and walked to their mini frig and took out a bottle of water. He drank it down feeling refreshed after finishing it. He then heard a noise outside the room. He walked over to the door and opened it. He saw nothing in the hall but heard another sound coming from down the hall. Hunter kept following it till he found it coming from the rec room.

He entered and saw the TV on and a rover was awake. Hunter walked around the couch and saw who was awake, "Axel?"

Axel turned to Hunter, "oh hey Hunter what are you doing awake?"

"I was going to ask you the same thing," Hunter said sitting down. "I needed something to drink, you?"

Axel sighed, "can't sleep, no matter how hard I try I just can't fall asleep."

"How long have this been going on for?" Hunter asked.

"Couple of days," Axel said.

"Do you have a clue on how it started?" Hunter asked.

"Maybe, it's probably the dream I had the night before it happened. in it I was with Ariel again," Axel said. Ariel is the dog that Axel had traveled with and loved before he became a Rover.

"Oh Colleen told my about that, how close were you two?" Hunter said.

"Very, I loved her very much as did she too," Axel said. "Having her with me was the best thing that ever happen to me."

"Colleen told me that you were searching for her, how's that going?" Hunter said.

"No trace of her at all yet," Axel said. "Sometimes I still wonder how my life would have been if we didn't separate that one day. If I had know that we went in two direction I would have stuck with her."

Hunter put his hand on Axel's shoulder, "you ok?"

Axel nodded, "yes I'll be fine."

"What was your dream about?" Hunter asked.

"We were both together again we were both regular dogs in a open field. I kept telling her how much I missed her and then she said we will be together some day. After that dream I couldn't sleep anymore then till now. I'm not sure that dream meant anything or not," Axel explained.

Hunter spoke, "why haven't you told us about this?"

"Didn't want to worry anyone," Axel said.

Hunter then looked at a nearby clock, it was two in the morning. "I'm going to go back to bed are you going to be ok by yourself?"

Axel nodded, "I'll be fine I spent two nights like this so I'll be fine."

Hunter sat up, "Ok see you in the morning." Hunter walked out of the room.

Axel just stared at the TV not really interested in what was on. His thoughts were on Ariel now. He closed his eyes and thought back to when they first met

The day was perfect Axel didn't know what city he was in but it was really nice. The weather was perfect as he started walking down a alley. He thought it was going to be another day but then he saw another Akita sleeping. From the looks of it, it was a female. She started to wake up and she saw him, "hello," she said.

"Hi," Axel said. He then started walking away.

"What's your name?" she said.

Axel stopped and turned around, "Axel."

"My name's Ariel," She said. Axel continued walking. Ariel caught up with him, "where you going?"

"Anywhere I take myself," Axel said.

"Need company?" Ariel asked.

Axel shook his head, "no I travel alone." He then began walking again. He didn't know that Ariel was following him. He soon noticed and tried his best by out running her trying to lose her but she caught up with him every time. This went on for a while until one day he talked to her. They were in an alley, "why do you keep following me?"

"Because I don't want to be alone," Ariel said. She got closer to him. " And besides I kind of like you now"

Axel was caught off guard at that remark. "y…you do?"

"Yes, even though you try to lose me I'll always be right behind you," Ariel said.

Axel then began having second thoughts about traveling alone. "Where did you come from?"

"I was born a stray, all I had were both of my parents. They were both the best to me I soon lost both of them a year after I was born. My mother was hit by a car trying to get me to safety, and my dad got in a fight with another dog trying to protect me. I lost them both in one day. I was able to survive cause they taught me how," Ariel explained.

Axel felt sad for her. He told her his story and she felt the same for him. Axel spoke, "you know if you still want to we can travel together."

Ariel was happy hearing that, "sure." They both walked together, their single journey had became a couple's journey.

Axel opened his eyes and remembered he was in the rec room. He looked at the clock and was shocked it was five-thirty. 'Whoa did I actually fall asleep? Or did that memory take that long?' Axel thought. Not feeling the least bit tired he got up and walked to his room, 'maybe a little drive will help,' Axel thought. Every week Axel would get up early in the morning and took a drive around when he needed to clear his mind. He changed into some jeans, a white shirt, a jacket and some shoes. He walked into the hanger and uncovered a motorcycle he and Exile worked on for a while. He got on, started it and drove out of HQ. Little did he know that his life would be in danger and he would be reunited with an old friend.

A/N: hope you like. this is first time we look into Axel past with his first encounter with Ariel. the second chapter will be out soon.