Haley scowled in annoyance, looking at the message on her C-Gear. She'd been at Team Rocket headquarters, planning the theft of a baby Cleffa, when the gear had 'dinged' and caught her attention. Apparently the Pokemon Professor wanted to speak to her. She hadn't a clue why, as she hadn't spoken to him since receiving Honou.
As she walked into NewBark Town, the new Team Rocket Grunt found herself looking around. When she'd come here the first time, she'd been a little kid. While she had been planning to join Team Rocket at the time, she definitely wasn't prepared. But now that she'd built up her team, and taken several years off to train with an old Mentor, she'd been prepared for the blunt realities of being a member of Team Rocket.
Everything looked the same, as she had hardly grown at all, excepting some new construction here and there. It was easy to find her way to the Lab, and she knocked on the door while stepping in, Batra sitting on her shoulder. “Hello Professor. I was told you have something to give me?”
As the young girl knocked on the door, she'd find that there was no answer. At least, not for quite a while. It sounded like there was quite the commotion going on inside, so perhaps no-one had heard Haley. Before she tried again, though, someone opened the door. That someone was, rather luckily, the Professor himself. Professor Elm shrieked softly as he saw the trainer at his doorstep. It took him a moment or two to actually realise what was going on; his mind seemed preoccupied with some other detail. Once he'd registered exactly what Haley had just told him, realisation clearly dawned on him. "Oh, of COURSE. How could I forget? You're Haley, if I recall correctly, yes? Do come in," the scientist replied finally, propping the door open for the Rocket in training to walk in.
The New Bark Laboratory hadn't changed at all since Haley had last been inside. It was still cluttered with fancy tech wherever one cared to look and aides walking briskly to and fro. Machines beeped, whirred and made all sorts of other strange noises as Haley made her way through the lab. Elm led her to the back, continuing to talk all the while. "I'm sorry, were you waiting long? I was busy with an important bit of research. You see, Sunkern have started showing up in Route 30, which isn't far from here at all. They're a rare sight this close to New Bark Town, so it's the perfect time for me to study them and-" The Professor stopped himself as he reached his desk, suddenly reminding himself of exactly what the pair of them were here for.
"Oh, but you weren't here to talk about my work. You were here for this." Elm picked up a small, red machine from his workspace and flashed it in front of Haley. "This wonderful device is a Pokédex. It's a relatively new invention, the result of tireless work from Pokémon researchers such as myself," the Professor boasted proudly, puffing his chest out. "It's a Pokémon encyclopaedia of sorts. As soon as you come across a new Pokémon, one that you haven't seen before, it'll immediately start to scan the creature and update itself with some basic information about the creature. If you should catch it, it'll pick up even more detailed data and add that to its memory. It really is quite a handy item for a trainer like yourself." Elm presented the object to Haley, as if offering it to her as a gift.
"Unfortunately, I don't have the time to go out and find wild Pokémon myself. I'm far too busy with all of my research here at the Lab. But you, Haley, will constantly find new species. So, my dear, I have a request of you. Would you take this Pokédex with you on your journey and help fill out its pages for me?" He thrust it into her chest, seemingly not keen on taking 'no' for an answer here. "Of course, I'll pay you for all of your hard work. I've planned out a reward scheme, in fact. I had it written down somewhere here..." Professor Elm patted down his lab coat with one hand, looking for something. After a few seconds, he pulled a neatly-folded sheet of paper out of his pocket and gave this to Haley also.
"On there you'll find a list of milestones and rewards. Every time you reach a certain number of Seen or Captured Pokémon, come back here to show me and I'll give you the corresponding item. Simple, right?" The scientist smiled, excited at the prospect of a trainer finally starting to help him with his research. "Right then, I'm counting on you, Haley!" He hurriedly helped Haley on her way back out but stopped her before she actually left.
"Oh, actually, we should check it's working properly, shouldn't we? Shall we register all of the Pokémon you own right now? It won't take long, I promise."
"Wonderful! Everything seems to be in order! Now, before you leave, one final note. You won't be the only one collecting data for me, provided the rest of them answer my call for help. Obviously, some sharing is fine, but I'd rather you caught different, unique Pokémon for my research. Let's keep a record of how many you've shared here, shall we?"
"Oh! I see you've already reached a couple of milestones on my list! Well then, here are your promised rewards, Haley!"
(Mod note: Updating Haley with her 25 Seen and 25 Caught rewards [False Swipe and 5 Repeat Balls, respectively].
EDIT: Oh, and Wolfy - I've not added any previous evolutions for anything bar Honou, since that's the only one I know that Haley evolved herself. Feel free to request the others with links; I can't bring myself to go back and check right now since that took a while as it is. xD)