Laguna knew that with Ellone’s powers, and Dr. Odine’s breakthrough on time travel using a Junction Machine, he could change the past.
Ellone has the ability to fling people backwards into time. From here, we’re able to guide Laguna into making certain decisions that affect the outcome in the future. For example, Laguna can change the trap doors, boulders and detonators in the Centra Excavation Site. But is this because Squall is viewing it, or that he affecting it? Well, apparently Laguna can hear the fairies in his head.
“Been wanting to meet you guys! You guys are the ones who were inside my head, right? Ellone told me. It was like there was some kind of waves running through my head. They gave us so much power during battle. We thought they were some kind of faeries flying over us. So I’m Laguna, President Laguna Loire of Esthar. Pleased to meet ya. If we weren’t in a state of emergency, I’d talk to you some more, but… Well, whatever. Let’s talk. What do you want to know?”
We know this is Squall and the others, influencing his thoughts in the past. And so Squall and his company changes the future every time Ellone throws their consciousness back to the past.
Dr. Odine’s Junction Machine can do much of the same, only with people. He can send subjects into the future. But by doing so, certain events may never happen. Had he planned it out more, he knew he could have changed the future to suit his liking…
Awkwardly enough, Laguna, a man in his late twenties has a crush, on a beautiful young woman named Julia Heartily. But in the grand tradition of unrequited love, Laguna never could express his feelings the correct way. His first opportunity left him bumbling around like a fool:
Ward: “So, Laguna… Julia should be making her appearance soon. You goin’ for it tonight?”
Kiros: “Yeah, go for it!”
Laguna: “What-ever, man! Can’t you see she’s working?”
Kiros: “Don’t go back on your word. C’mon, go wave to her.”
Laguna: “Give me a break…”
Ward: “So you say, but we know you’ll do it.”
[Laguna approaches the piano where Julia is set to play.]
Laguna: (Ah… To be this close to Julia…)
SeeD: (Is this guy serious…?)
Laguna: (…Uh-oh… My leg’s cramping up…! Argh…)
[Laguna limps back to the table with a fairly pitiful wave to Julia.]
The faeries were there, cheering him on taking pity on him. But it gets worst when Julia invites Laguna to his room. The SeeD thinks they’re going to see a show, but instead, they see a strange display of buffoonery. The man talks to himself, about himself, and falls asleep in the middle of it.
Laguna’s a good guy. But if he could do it differently, would he? Why couldn’t Laguna use Dr. Odine’s Junction Machine, to send himself to the past and give himself pointers on picking up Julia?
Probably because he realized he loved Raine Loire. While Julia was a crush, Raine was his love. She gave him a job when none of the villagers from would. She attended to his wounds. He loved his stepdaughter Ellone. He never used the Junction Machine for selfish purposes. Raine Loire died. But Laguna regretted nothing. The memories, the love he shared, the awesome experiences. Time flowed as it should have, and he moved forward with no regrets.
In the end, he decided to live in the future, not care about what happened in the past. We could learn a lot from Laguna’s choices.