. . . so this is where you guys come in.
We've got a guy, around . . . fifty, maybe? Twin sons, a wife. Biological daughter that he only found out about a couple of years ago. Someone tells me that the creator mentioned him being a house-husband; I'm not sure enough to call it canon, but I'm still using it for my fic.
Now his sons, his daughter, and his wife are all part of an alien-fighting government organization. And so when the Martians invaded (a single battle, for the record, not a drawn-out thing) . . . his sons both died, his wife had a mental breakdown (and, in my fic, she's in the mental hospital; it doesn't seem a terribly far stretch, especially considering she's been there before.) His daughter's still around, though I believe she lives with her boyfriend, so I don't know how much she'll be around.
Basically . . . this doesn't sound like it'll be very fun for him. And I want to figure out what the next couple of months are going to be like for him, but I don't know what I'm looking for. Is it just depression? PTSD? Something else entirely?
And I guess this would be a second question, but . . . would having a dog around help any?
Thanks in advance. ^^