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When MiB recruits, he promises them something they've always wanted (the magic box?), if they help him leave (and leave the island themselves). It seems that Jacob makes similar promises, but only if they stay (e.g. Juliet's sister, Dogon's son). What if the Flash Sideways we are seeing is a result of MiB getting his way? I doubt there is a new Island Guardian at the bottom of the ocean, so maybe...what we are seeing is the Lost characters getting what they wanted, in trade. However, since you never know how things will turn out, and destiny still pushes events to follow the same path....
- Desire: Nadia to be alive (I doubt that Shannon will come up in this)
- Result: Nadia is alive, but married to his brother (with children and a HELL of a mortgage)
- Desire: to have Aaron
- Result: Adoptive parents split, don't want Aaron anymore
- Desire: I think she'd want nothing more but not to be on the run anymore. So, her desire would be that she never killed her stepfather.
- Result: 2009 Comicon video, Amercia Most Wanted, mentioned that her stepfather did not come home as usual...but a plumber did, and was killed instead. Stepfather alive, but she is still on the run (destiny is a fickle bitch!)
- Desire: No More Curse
- Result: "I'm the Luckiest Man Alive"
- Desire: Helen, his father
- Result: engaged to Helen, has a relationship with his father, but he is still in a wheelchair.
- Desire: to make his father proud
- Result: he lost his father's body, but he resolves his daddy issues, and fixes the daddy issue with his son.
- I think there is more here, with the unknown ex-wife.
- Desire: Juliet
- Result: Coffee with Juliet? We will see.
- Desire: Respect?
- To save Alex.
- Result: History teacher? there is more to this.
- He saves her academic career despite her not being his daughter.
- I think somebody wished for the island to be at the bottom of the ocean (somewhere it can never be abused again?), and I'm not sure what Sun/Jin wished for... but if this pans out, each will have a desire, that MiB can use to recruit them. The flash sideways are a result of this bargain...although, things don't always work out as you'd expect.