Pardon the incorrect grammar. English is not my first language. Long post.
The context is this:
A man is delivering his dead friend's baby to its grandfather.
The old man hasn't seen his son in 10 years. Of course he would ask questions on the state of his beloved son.
I can see the friend's mind debating on two options:
In a way of, "Oh, he went off to explore other places to pursue his dreams. He entrusted me his son to look for you myself."
Because he's thinking that handing over your friend's toddler to a grieving caretaker might not end well.
And he doesn't know the old man enough to know how he'll handle the kid when he's gone.
So, his reasoning would be that maybe, this old man wouldn't be as much in distraught if he just knew that his son is alive somewhere, but won't ever go home.
- Tell the truth.
This poor father has been waiting for years on news of his beloved son. He deserves to be told the truth. Despite thinking that he could be jeopardizing the kid's life growing up because of the truth, he just hopes for the best.
I have trouble putting myself in a character's shoes. So I ask, what would most likely be this man's decision?
Attachments could be tossed to weigh in more weight to lie. As the dead man's friend, he would feel obligated to make sure the baby would be safe.
But, would the weight of guilt and a father's concern press more for the truth?
What would weigh a certain character to choose on such tough decisions such as this?