So here's the thing: One of my two MC's (who is eight and traumatized from the massacre of his people) is being raised by my version of dwarves who are emotionally stunted. He is eventually introduced to a substance that CAUSED them to become emotionally stunted (but neither they know this nor is the reader supposed to either at this point, it's hinted at later by other characters who aren't dwarven), and when he starts using it, his traumatized state leaves fast (I even show that he uses it far more than they ever did). What I need is to show how he is while he still hasn't been introduced to it. One of the things that afflicts him is hallucinations, but I think I've got that down (relatively), what I need is to show his need for human contact (not literally human, he's not actually human, what I mean is emotional support). So far I've got lines like when he sees magic for the first time, he thinks about how he wants to tell his friend, but his friend is dead. I also mention how his body yearns for the embrace of parents, but they're also dead. One of the things that haunts him is how he feels he failed the other MC (who he THINKS is dead) and he keeps hearing her voice calling to him, he also blames himself for not grabbing her when he had the chance. I need ideas on how to reflect his need for human contact/emotional support. So far I've got just two sentences to reflect his need for support and that's it. He's kept alone in a small room to study (again, alone) and I might mention how he wants to play with his friends, but they're not there anymore, but I got nothing else. I also feel that the dwarves' lack of compassion and sympathy don't stand out clear enough either, I've got him mentioning how they seem so distant but I feel like I might need some scenes (one which I have planned is that they bury one of their dead children but the parents don't seem fazed). Any ideas?