Hey. Could do with some help deciding one of the specifics for my current project.
A minor rebellion is getting out of hand, threatening more civil unrest. A young man lives with his family, consisting of his mother, father and younger sister. The family run a business (I am thinking something to do with the manufacturing of musical instruments). Business is bad, as a result of the rebellion, people being scared, trade being scarce, whatever. The family are on the verge of being evicted from their home, losing the store, etc. Now...
A.) The young man is now drafted into the royalist army, with no choice but to go. As a result, this will put even more strain upon the family business because the young man carried most of the load in regards to labour, driving the workforce, being his fathers protege and apparent heir, etc. The rest of the family face an uncertain future, with the young man vowing to send home whatever pay he receives in order to help out.
B.) The young man, motivated by a generous "signing up" fee, and a decent/steady salary, decides to join the royalist army in order to help his family financially. His family are sad to see him go, but the only other option would be to stay trying to help his father's business, with an uncertain future and the strong possibility of being forced into poverty. Still, his contribution will be sorely missed at home.
Which of those two should I go with? I began with option A, then came up with option B which may fit better putting my character over, but then I am still unsure. Option A has its good points, but I'm slightly leaning to B. Any help?