Capturing pain in writing is difficult.
Capturing a character’s response to someone else’s pain is even more difficult.
In my own writing, I try to focus on emotion and unique responses. I try to encourage my characters to react to things in a way that is unusual, but yet still true to the human experience. For that reason, I was awestruck by David Peak’s short story, which is so raw and emotional and powerful. Because of that, it is also so, so, so true.