It wasn't until I was reading the article that I realized how truly insidious PTSD can be.
This really got me to thinking, because while I had been aware of PSTD thanks to popular culture (i.e. TV and movies) I didn't really know a lot about it. So I started researching, and reading up exactly what is PTSD.
That's what started the idea behind Broken Wings. I could hear Gabriel shouting at me that he was "a submissive, but not a fucking pussy!" He's a soldier, a submissive, a gay man, and he suffers PSTD. He was captured, and the actions of his captors distorted and warped actions that were once (when safety and consensually done) pleasurable. They took it to a deeper, dangerous, and damaging level when they whipped him. In addition, they also performed other acts of torture.
In addition to suffering the normal PTSD symptoms, he also had other issues as a result, something that in a normal therapy setting he couldn't address fully.
So he needed a group that was made up of those suffering PTSD who are also in the community. But as he was talking to the other members of the group, part of the sessions would also be them opening up (to show he was not alone) - and as they did, other characters started talking to me.
And all of this goes back to just a chance reading of an article on the effects of fireworks on veterans with PTSD.
Interested in reading some of the articles?