"...sleeps content in her lover's arms..."
I have this character, Hannah. I haven't done much with her lately, though I used to write for her all the time. Like all good fantasy characters, she's somewhat superhuman (outsized strength and endurance, pyrokinetic, only needs 3 hours of sleep each night, has no sense of fear for herself) and tragically flawed (raised an orphan, the be-all end-all goal for her has always been to have a home and family.)
Hannah's been through the mill, run the gauntlet, birthed, married, loved, lost, died, resurrected and walked fearlessly into the mouth of hell. Gods love her, she's resilient.
Her most recent adventures have resulted in a tragedy that's left her hovering on the brink of madness: the deaths of her children, the love of her life and many of her closest friends, all at the hand of one man; all because she loved them, and he was trying to crush her. Those few friends that remain have mostly forsaken her for their own pursuits.
Hannah can't sleep. Plagued with nightmares since her teens, sleep has been a problem for her since her creation. But now, with the losses and crushing sense of responsibility weighing on her, even the idea of sleep is terrifying; a confounding idea for a fearless woman.
She drinks. Frequently and heavily. She throws herself into any work she can find to keep her mind and body busy, and keeps awake for days on end before exhaustion claims her and she falls asleep where she stands. When she wakes, it's with a sense of overpowering guilt.
A bed, for Hannah, is a reminder of what she lost. Her love, her family, a sense of belonging and security, the ability to sleep, content, knowing those she loved were near and safe.
There's a million other ideas I could have used for "bed." All of them closer to the theme and much less convoluted. But the line "...sleeps content in her lover's arms..." keeps coming back to me as I puzzle over what to do with Hannah. Maybe finally putting it in print will let me focus on the means to the goal. Of any character I've written, she most deserves a happy ending.