Them deciding to retcon it again was weird as heck.
That wasn't quite it. The flashback didn't show a romance, they just showed a friendship and Stefan said he had had feelings for Laura. That was late 96, under Guza. Then around May 97, under Culliton, they retconned it to Stefan and Laura had sex and could possibly be Nikolas' dad. He blackmailed her with that to get Laura to leave town. Then when Guza came back they said it was Stefan ( @Melgaypet that is when Stefan said my son, after Nik got shot ), but then they changed it again. Which, if that was about Guza wanting to retcon it back he could have done that when he returned, so it was odd. Maybe he was toying with bringing Stavros back himself, maybe Stephen Nichols parked in his parking space.