As you might know, I have this thing about “reality” in my fiction. Recently I discussed how my demon shifters had breeding rules when it came to size, because in the real world, size matters. *g*
So when I write my shifters, I generally have it be painful…or, at least, uncomfortable…for a shift to take place. Because, in following the “reality rules,” it makes sense to me that, even if there isn’t a big size change, skin is stretching in places. Bones are expanding or compressing. Joints are popping. Organs are trading places. That’s gotta hurt, right?
Maybe when certain creatures shift shape, their natural ability comes with a sort of anesthetic effect?
I don’t know. I assume pain comes with the shift, which makes many of my shifters dread going through it.
What do you think? Do shifters feel a sting, or do they sail right through it?