Things had been rather busy for the photographer, after travelling to Ecruteak. There was still many things on his agenda, but he'd received a call from the lab that had given him Riika when he'd first started (Wow, how far he'd come!) and they were requesting to give him something to assist with the research. Justin didn't mind, besides, his Pokemon journey fueled his Photography business, might as well help out in the process as well. Multitasking was important, as was studying Pokemon.
"One of you are gonna have to sprout wings and fly here soon..." Justin teased, looking down at the pokeballs at his belt. None of them were capable of flight, save for his Vibrava, but Freyja probably wasn't strong enough to carry him. Maybe she'd evolve into a 2 seater Pokemon? Wouldn't that be something. His musings kept him preoccupied for the most part, and in a short while he'd arrived at the lab that started his whole journey. "One of these days i'll bring Riika back when she's fully grown and we'll retake that picture." He thought aloud, reminded of the humble beginning he'd taken. "This is where it all started, guys." He then said aloud, to no one in particular.
He arrived at the building and just stood for a few moments to soak it all in. It looked the same as day one. Why was he being so wishy-washy? He had a job to do, Pokemon to photograph and catch, as well as exploring around Ecruteak. With his camera strapped around his neck Justin approached the doors and stepped inside.
The doors to the lab slid open with a woosh, assaulting him with the cold, crisp AC inside. It ruffled his hair and made him relax. After travelling around outside so much, indoor air conditioning was a welcome gift. The Assistants were hustling and bustling back and forth over their own particular papers and projects, none seeming to notice him on immediate entry. Trainers were getting their first Pokemon off to the side, which made his heart melt. He couldn't stand and watch forever though. One, that was creepy. He was imposing on a very special moment if he did. Two, well, there was just a lot to do.
"Howdy! Justin here again. Ya'll called for me? I don't mind helping out."
He then waited for someone to approach, trying to look as non-imposing or rushed as possible. Better to get something done right than to speed through.
A head poked out from a range of shelving. "Hello," a mousy voice replied. She waited until Justin's eyes met hers before the long brown hair disappeared back behind the obstructing rack of materials. It wobbled a couple times, likely do to rapid thrusting of objects being placed on ledges, then a lithe woman drowning in a lab coat scurried toward the photographer. She stopped abruptly not but a couple feet away from the man, shooting a hand up to push her glasses up her nose. "What can I help you with?" Her eyes darted up and down Justin's figure, quickly determining that he wasn't here for a pokémon, but then her busy mind quickly caught up to the other part of the guest's introductory call.
"Oh! Wait you said the lab called you? Just one moment," she half laughed, hiding a trickle of embarrassment as her fingers dipped into a large chest pocket and pulled out a phone. With swift strokes she navigated through lab records. "You said your name was..? Jaso-JUSTIN! Ah hah, yep you're right here." The woman brought her eyes back up to Justin and smiled. "Follow me."
Just like that she was off. Despite being almost a full foot smaller than the trainer she was speedy, long legs carrying her in nearly a scamper across the lab floor to the back office. "The professor's a bit busy at the moment with new trainers so won't be able to meet with you today," she began explaining, turning the knob to the office and revealing the room beyond. It wasn't anything too exciting, just a large desk kept in order with a few small machines all wired up to a nice computer. Cabinets were in the back but those were about the only things taking up any wall space.
"Can I see your Pokédex please?" Once it was handed over she plugged it into one of the many cords neatly laid out and input some commands into the computer. The red device lit up as the upgrading began. "With that new region coming to visit we have had an explosion of new information coming through and just can't keep up ourselves. So we've devised an upgrade to your existing pokédex to include the Alolan pokémon and a more efficient transfer program that should help us keep it better organized as it flows in."
"Also..." she paused, opening a drawer and pulling out a neat sheet showing a table of sorts. She handed the page to Justin. "The Professor wants to thank everyone for taking part in this by rewarding trainers for the amount of information they supply the lab. You can see it there, split between Seen wild pokémon and those which you have captured." The pokédex beeped, signalling that it was finished. The lab assistant plucked the cord from the dex and returned it to Justin. "It should already be updated with what you have right now so... let's just turn it on and check that it went through properly."