My name is Rachel Hernández, a beta reader for "I Married a Monster on a Hill", and I look forward to discussing Bevvy and August's story further. Bear in mind, these aspects are yet to be revealed in any of the comic or visual novel's current media, so consider this a sneak peek from your trusty beta reader! Now let's delve into the captivating story of Bevvy and August. Their journey is an intricate tapestry woven with threads of trauma & PTSD but full of love and support. Bevvy, the steadfast protector, and August, the emotional anchor, reveal the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
Bevvy on the left August on the right
Defining Mental Health Terms Before Delving into Bevvy and August's Journey From I Married a Monster on a Hill:
Trauma: In psychological terms, trauma refers to an emotional response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms an individual's ability to cope. It can cause feelings of helplessness, and diminish a person's sense of self and the ability to feel a full range of emotions. Trauma can result from a variety of incidents, including physical violence, sexual abuse, natural disasters, or severe illness or injury.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): PTSD is a mental health condition that can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. Symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. These symptoms can cause significant problems in social or work situations and in relationships, impacting the overall quality of life for those suffering from this disorder.
Regression: Regression, in the context of psychology, refers to the act of returning to an earlier stage of behaviour or development. This typically occurs when a person is faced with stress, fear, or trauma. They might revert to behaviours, actions, or thoughts that were common during a less demanding, more secure time in their life. In some cases, regression can be a symptom of a mental health condition.
Panic Attacks: Panic attacks are sudden episodes of intense fear or anxiety that trigger severe physical reactions even when there is no real danger or apparent cause. During a panic attack, a person might feel their heart pounding, experience sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, feelings of impending doom, or loss of control. While not life-threatening, panic attacks can be frightening and significantly affect a person's quality of life.
Body Insecurities: Body insecurities refer to feelings of discomfort, dissatisfaction, or self-consciousness about one's physical appearance. These insecurities can focus on any part of the body and can vary in intensity. They often stem from internalized societal standards of beauty and perfection, personal experiences, or comparison with others.
The Protector: Bevvy’s Unwavering Shield
Without revealing too much of their story, it's vital to mention that Bevvy rescued August from a place of darkness and danger, after years of suffering. This act of bravery is deeply woven into their relationship fabric, casting Bevvy in the role of the protector. His dedication to maintaining August’s safety extends beyond physical protection, providing emotional safety and ensuring a secure space for healing and growth.
Surviving Trauma: August’s Journey Towards Healing
August carries the weight of a traumatic past, marked by sexual trauma and abuse, which has left them struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The story has not yet touched on their past together. As a beta reader, I am just giving you what the author allowed me to talk about.
PTSD manifests in the form of nightmares, panic attacks, and more, which can be a heavy burden for anyone to bear. It is in these moments that Bevvy's role as a protector truly shines through, providing not just a safe space, but also a beacon of hope for August.
Unwavering Support: Bevvy and August’s Mutual Care
Their relationship thrives on mutual support, with each providing what the other needs in times of hardship. Bevvy steps up to care for August during his episodes of nightmares and panic attacks, offering solace and strength. On the other hand, August, with his nurturing nature, supports Bevvy emotionally, reminding him of the love and understanding that binds them together.
Emotional Support: August as Bevvy's Solace
Bevvy, a retired knight, carries the weight of a violent past, one that leaves deep emotional wounds. Despite his role as the protector, Bevvy isn't immune to the need for understanding and comfort. This is where August, the nurturer, steps in. They offer a listening ear to Bevvy, helping him process his experiences and emotions. Their patience and calm demeanour provide a safe space for Bevvy to open up, ensuring that he feels heard, understood, and cherished. August's support contributes significantly to Bevvy's emotional well-being, a testament to the strength of their bond.
Navigating Challenges: Bevvy's Support During August's Panic Attacks and Regression
Living with the effects of trauma, August often faces episodes of panic attacks and regression. These episodes can be overwhelming, causing a disconnection from the present and triggering a retreat into past behaviours and emotions. However, they are not alone in these challenging moments.
Bevvy, as the protector, steps up with unwavering dedication. He provides not only a physical shield, but also an emotional one, grounding August during their panic attacks and periods of regression. Bevvy creates a safe space, filled with understanding, patience, and love, which aids August in navigating these difficult moments. Through comforting words, steady presence, and reassurance, Bevvy supports August, helping them regain control and grounding them back to the present.
Body Insecurities: August's Struggle and Bevvy's Support
Dealing with the effects of a cursed monstrous form from their family's doings, August grapples with a complex form of insecurities. Their past struggles amplify their insecurities about their appearance, feeding into a self-perception that is skewed and overly critical. The constant battle between their human and monstrous forms fuels their feelings of inadequacy and discomfort with their body image. This struggle is mentally taxing and can sometimes lead to periods of intense distress for August. Bevvy's approach is empathetic and patient. He constantly reassures August that they are accepted, loved, and cherished, regardless of their physical form. He encourages August to express their fears and insecurities, emphasizing open and honest communication as a vital component of their relationship. Although the monster forms are not yet explored in the story, this will be a reoccurring theme with all of the couples.
The Journey of Mutual Growth: The Role of Love in Overcoming Trauma
At the heart of Bevvy and August's relationship lies the understanding that they are more than just two individuals bound by their past traumas. They are a team, working together to navigate the complexities of their lives. This realization, borne out of their shared experiences, fosters a deep sense of camaraderie and mutual growth.
Bevvy and August's relationship is a testament to the transformative power of love and support. Their bond transcends mere companionship; they are partners in each other's healing process. Each plays a pivotal role in helping the other to confront, understand, and ultimately overcome their individual traumas. Through their shared journey, they are able to grow stronger, both individually and as a couple.
For August, Bevvy serves as a stabilizing force - a steady presence in a world marked by turmoil. Bevvy's unwavering dedication to August's wellbeing serves as a reminder of their inherent worth, helping to combat the deep-rooted insecurities that stem from their monstrous form.
For Bevvy, August's gentle understanding and patience offer a space for self-reflection and emotional growth. In being allowed to voice his past and its impact, Bevvy is offered a chance to make sense of his experiences and move towards healing.
Their relationship thus forms a vital fulcrum for their individual healing journeys. Despite their distinct traumas, they grow together, using their love for one another as the foundation to build a better future. Their story serves as a beautiful reminder that, amidst pain and struggle, love can indeed be a transformative force, aiding in healing and growth.