Sam had gone back and forth so much, what was one more trip back to where she'd started going to hurt? At first her mom had flown her to the lab so she could start where all the other trainers did. Today though, she was able to go back by herself and do whatever she needed to do. Pokemon training really gave her the freedom she needed in order to travel. It wasn't just for her either. Sam was sure there were plenty of people that benefited from having Pokemon on their journey, or even in their daily lives. Most people assumed they were for trainers, but what about people like Sam and her family, who raised them on farms? Or ones that needed them for medical reasons?
That's why, when Sam received a message from the professor about needing help, she had no problems assisting. Sylvester in the forest had already sort of derailed her Ilex journey, so what was one more side tracked adventure going to hurt? The professors did a lot for this region, and a lot for the people like Sam who wanted to travel, so there was absolutely no issue with her. "Quick adventure. Twenty minutes. In an out!" She told herself as she walked towards the lab. Granted, knowing Elm, it was going to probably take a bit longer than that.
Anapa marveled at the metal and glass building, which made Sam realize she hadn't really ever taken Anapa anywhere 'nice' before. It was always the forest or the Pokemon Center, and when she was there she was always getting healed inside her Pokeball. "Yeah, it's pretty cool isn't it? This is the lab where I first started. I had Garrus and Icarus to start my journey. And now i've got a whole cool team full of awesome mons, just like you." Sam touched the nose of the inquisitive Riolu softly, who then pawed at it in an attempt to get rid of the affection to tease Sam. "Oh man! More personality, I love it!"
Professor Elm was nice, from what she remembered, but she didn't speak to him long. She didn't utilize any of his Pokemon but he still gave her some stuff to get her started. "Oh man, this is also where I met that redhead." She could almost feel the same sense of satisfaction from that day. Her first battle! And uh, her first fist fight... "Started off strong..." She chuckled to herself, almost wearily. At least she and her Pokemon grew closer that day. Now she had an awesome group and an awesome team willing to back her up in battle and outside of it. Whatever Professor Elm had for her to do, she and her team would be capable, no doubt.
"Hello?" Sam asked, doors opening on her arrival. The cool air blasted her and ruffled her hair so she stopped for a moment to enjoy the AC before stepping inside. She didn't recognize anyone except Elm, but he was speaking with a familiar looking blonde... Oh! That nice photographer! Elm handed him a little device that looked like it would attach to his camera or something before sending him on his way. Justin gave her a smile and a nod before gesturing his head for Sam to go to see Elm next. Taking his advice (after giving him a wave) she stepped forward and cleared her throat. "Um... Professor Elm? You wanted to see me for something?" She asked, hoping that she would be useful. After all, she trekked all the way here. Surely she was bound to have SOMETHING to do.
He'd only just finished with another trainer when Sam walked up. While he'd barely had an opportunity to meet with the photographer, one of his lab assistants having done nearly all of the work besides saying good-bye, Sam was going to get the spiel straight from the professor himself. Elm adjusted the glasses on his face, smiling at the approaching young woman, "Ah! Thank you for coming, you're in perfect time," the researcher greeted.
Elm waved for her to follow him back to his computer humming away with background computations. "Did you by chance get an opportunity to participate in that festival not too long ago? Hosted by our new friends across the sea: the Alola region?" he questioned, his attention mostly diverted to navigating menus on his device. "They had some very interesting species, and not only that but fundamentally altered versions of pokémon we know fairly well here in Johto! As you know I'm a lead researcher in the field of breeding so this new development and introduction of such pokémon into our region requires a whole new spectrum of analysis."
The professor paused to reach around and pull out a dock, which he then promptly connected a cable to. On the other end of the cable was a striking red device that lit up as the software update began. "My problem is... I'm already so swamped with existing work that this flood of new information and all the variables makes it impossible for me to go out there and gather the data I need. What I need is a field assistant." Professor Elm straightened and spun back around to face Sam. "And that's where you come in. While you're traveling around Johto you can gather all the data I need!"
A beep from the desk signaled the device was ready. His eyes darted down but a second before he reached and plucked the cable from the pokédex. "Heh, of course, I don't mean for you to do a bunch of paperwork or take time out of your day to send me reports." The man paused to offer the red device to Sam. "This pokédex is all you'll need. Every time you encounter or capture a new pokémon it'll update with whatever information it can glean from the subject; always automatically updating any new data straight to my lab. Nice and easy. Aaannnnd," he trailed off, slipping a hand down to a drawer and pulling out a sheet of paper. "Can't forget your rewards for helping me out. This page details the milestones I've determined for the level of assistance you provide. Don't want you to go without anything for helping me out."
"Now, before you go, we should just do a quick check that the device is working correctly by making sure it updates with all of your currently captured pokémon..."