Peter Hale reacts to being touched in the sneak peek for Monstrous. (x)
Ian Bohen’s acting was incredible in this scene. It’s now my favorite Peter scene ever, because we see him being vulnerable, here. We see a crack in the smooth, suave mask he puts on to show the world that he’s okay, that he’s more than okay, that he deserves to be the true Alpha, that he’s always in control.
But the truth is very different, and the truth is what we get a glimpse of in this scene. The truth is that the left side of Peter’s face still feels raw to him, and tender, and over-sensitive, the nerves sometimes sparking with phantom pain, because it’s his weak side, the side of him that represents his mortality, his brush with death, and the greatest loss of his life—the destruction of his pack.
The truth is he still has nightmares about those years he spent in a coma, half of him burning in perpetual agony, the left side of his face cracked and split open and oozing, his body immobile as a stone or a corpse, helpless against the torture inflicted on it. It was like being dead, and burning in hell for all eternity. It was worse than that.
He still wakes from those dreams, sweat-drenched and gasping, crying, shuddering, retching, convinced that he’s still trapped in his body.
Beneath Peter’s calm surface rages a deep, dark storm—a fire that never stopped blazing. A fire that burns him still, from the inside out, smelting him into a deadly weapon, red-hot and glowing with hatred, wielded with the single-minded purpose of rage.