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Method Acting

Dan Stevens x Reader
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little backstory on this fic, i love dan stevens. i love him a lot. all i do is watch dan stevens videos and movies.

i hope you’re all well. have great days and you know, requests are open so thats a thing. 

i also hope you enjoy this. it’s a stretch from what i usually write so yee

Originally posted by imwhe

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When you started dating Dan, you found that sometimes he took on different personalities. Of course, it wasn’t something unusual. Whenever he began to work on a new project, he always seemed to get deep into the character’s mind and likeness. He was one of the best actors you knew, so you encouraged him to try things out on you as he began new projects.

When he was filming “The Guest”, he would walk around the house practicing his American accent. He would stare at you with an almost murderous look in his eyes. It often made you flinch when you looked up and found his striking blue eyes not leaving you. However, eventually his murderous stares were just a normal part of life.

Legion had him twitching and talking to himself as the two of you watched television. You were concerned at first, but eventually you understood as he let you help him with read throughs of the script. There were times when you’d even catch him switching from his accent to the fake American one, which sounded awfully strange from an outsider point of view.

When Dan told you he had a new secret project coming up, you were excited as hell for him. You couldn’t wait to see the character he would bring to life this tiem. But when Dan came back from the first reading of the script, something was different.

Instead of coming in and kissing your cheek, he walked in with the slam of a door and headed straight to your shared room. Your smile turned to a frown as you watched him go. Maybe he had had a bad day? It was possible, after all… but even on his worst days, he never acted like this. You followed him, knocking lightly on the doorframe. “Hey babe… rough day today?” You asked, taking a seat on the bed next to Dan.

He chuckled. “Quite the opposite actually, but I can think of a million ways this new movie can be improved. The staff and the other cast members… definitely need to upgrade their looks. Why would they hire such foul looking people?” He said, an arrogant smirk plastered on his face.

You glanced down at his feet, raising your eyebrow slightly at the shoes he was currently tying up. He only wore those for special occasions, like red carpets or photoshoots. It was strange for him to be putting them on now.

“Maybe now’s a good time for you to tell me about this new, secret project?” you suggested, taking his hand and resting your head on his shoulder. Dan rolled his eyes slightly, dropping your hand and standing up.

“Or maybe not. I’m heading out now and I expect dinner to be ready by the time I return. I hope that’s clear. Ciao!” Dan said, picking up his wallet and heading out of the house.

You stared after him in shock of his words and his actions. Dan had never been anything but kind to you, had you done something wrong? Was this all apart of some cruel prank he had going? Maybe there wasn’t a new project after all, maybe it was just all a lie so that he could-

Taking a deep breath in, you stood and headed to the kitchen. If he wanted his dinner, he could have it. After all, you loved your boyfriend with all of your heart. Even if he was acting out, you knew that he was a softie deep down. You were going to treat Dan with the same respect and love you would any other day.

As the weeks passed, you began to realise that the Dan you knew and loved was long gone. This arrogant asshole had walked into your life and he didn’t seem to be leaving anytime soon. You were blown off, yelled at and treated as nothing less than a speck of dirt.

You weren’t sure who the hell he thought he was, but you had had enough. You had it all planned out in your head. Dan was going to walk through that door and you would confront him. You would refuse him entry to your bedroom and you would talk because you knew you deserved at least that.

Your head snapped up as the door opened. Dan walked in, wearing one of the biggest and furriest coats you had ever seen. You raised your eyebrow at his fashion choices, taking a deep breath as you remembered your plan.

Dan glanced at you for a moment, a look that seemed almost sad in his eyes. You stood, gesturing to the seat next to you. “We need to talk,” You said quietly, a frown appearing on your face as you noticed that the way he held himself had changed.

He let out a grumpy huff, sitting down in the chair and resting his chin on the table. You raised your eyebrow, watching him in confusion. “That looks rather uncomfortable,” You stated, looking him up and down.

“Well, life is uncomfortable and if we don’t accept that now, we’d be fooling ourselves,” He muttered, his voice a lot deeper than usual. You sighed, sitting down in the chair next to him.

“Do I make things uncomfortable? Is this my doing, or have you had a bad day at work?” You asked quietly, looking down at your feet.

“Stop asking about bad days and look at reality. I’m trapped inside this castle, I’m nowhere near human… I’m a monster,’ He muttered, running his fingers over the groves in the wooden table.

“Well, at least we agree on something… look, I’ve been thinking that maybe we need some time apart. I don’t think this thing is working out anymore. I mean, it was once the most wonderful thing in the world but ever since you came back from your new project…”

Dan’s eyes softened for a few moments as he looked into yours, but just like that his eyes were replaced by those of someone you didn’t know. He sighed, picking up the script and standing up. “We’ll sort this out another time. For now, we’re staying together,” He muttered, walking towards your room.

You frowned even more than you had been, quickly standing up and attempting to grab the script. An anger you had never seen before suddenly appeared as Dan screamed at you, rinpping the script out of your grip. “What are you doing? It’s mine! Get away!” He yelled, pushing you away. You quickly regained your balance, grabbing your wallet.

“I’m coming back tomorrow to grab my things. You’d better not be here when I do,” You snapped quickly, leaving the house and slamming the door. You sat down on the front doorstep, putting your head in your hand as you began to sob.

The man inside your house was not the man you had fallen in love with many years ago. And as much as you wished your boyfriend would return, he seemed to be lost in the mess of anger in his head.

It was about a year before you saw Dan again, but you did your best job at avoiding him. You would hear about him on the news sometimes or see your mutual friends talking about him on social media, but you had mostly blocked him from your mind. It broke your heart that something so beautiful had become nothing but a forgotten wreck.

Part of you wished he would come back. Part of you wished that the old Dan would waltz right in and sweep you off your feet, but you knew that would never happen. You had both done things that you could never take back.

It was a quiet afternoon when the doorbell rang. You had been reading one of the old scripts you had managed to take with you when you moved out. You could still imagine his smile and the way his eyes lit up when he would tell you about the character’s glorious feats.

The doorbell rang, followed by a loud knock. You placed the script down, sighing as you stood and headed for the door. You eyes filled with shock as you opened it and felt Dan’s arms embrace you tightly.

“Love! I’ve missed you!” He exclaimed, resting his chin on your shoulder. You stood with your arms by your sides, pushing him off quickly.

“What are you doing here? How did you even find me?” You asked, going to close the door. You groaned when he walked in and sat down on the couch. “You know, usually when a breakup happens, the people don’t see each other afterwards.”

“That is a good point, a great one in fact, but I believe breakups are supposed to be mutual and while my character was an asshole, I like to think I am not. Well, I guess I am for not telling you what was happening, but I promise I’m a good guy deep down. Anyway, I have a proposition,” He said, standing and taking your hands.

“Well actually, I was kind of busy reading…” You picked up the script, blushing slightly. “Legion, episode five. So if you could just make your way out the door, I could continue my comfort reading.”

“That’s a good one. I promise I won’t take too much of your time. I just want to explain things to you, because legally I couldn’t before. But there are test screenings of my new movie so… I was hoping you’d come along and watch it with me,” He said quietly, looking at his feet shyly.

You sighed quietly. “Just the movie? Nothing else?”

He shook his head. “Nothing else.”

“I suppose I can spare at least two hours of my time… as long as you promise to drive,” You replied, smiling weakly as he held up his car keys.

“Let’s get a move on,” he said, pulling you out to the car and getting in.

“This isn’t some sick kidnapping trick, right? We are actually seeing a movie?” you asked.

Dan chuckled. “You’re so sceptical. I guess I do deserve it… but yes, I promise we are only seeing a movie. Unless you want to go out for dinner afterwards…”

“You’re pushing your luck,” You mumbled, glancing out the window as the car drove further and further away from your comfortable home. “Where the hell is this screening?”

“Well, the one I was planning on going to was in Texas, but I suppose that if you were to get on a plane with your ex right now, you’d probably freak. I know there’s one in London, which is still a little while away, but it’ll be worth it. I swear,” He said, continuing to drive.

“Can you at least tell me what the movie is about? Fill the silence?” You asked, biting your lip slightly.

Dan nodded slowly. “Well, it’s the story of an arrogant asshole who doesn’t know what he’s got until it’s gone. He used to have love in his heart, but then it all changes for him. Everyone he ever loved is pushed away and they forget about him. He ends up in isolation where he feels sorry for his actions… I think I’m telling more of my story than his. It’s one of your favourite movies though. You always told me you’d love for them to remake it.”

He parked the car, getting out and opening your door. You smiled weakly, getting out and taking his hand. You looked up at the building in front of you, a small smile on your face when you saw a poster for the upcoming Beauty and the Beast film.

You froze for a second, your eyes widening when everything began to click. “It all makes sense now!” You exclaimed, smiling wide. “You were being an asshole to get into your role! And that day you came home and called yourself a monster…”

“My method acting got the better of me and I still feel horrible about it every day. But this, this is a big thing. If I didn’t get it right… it’s a make or break. The film looks pretty good from my eyes, but why does that matter? My girlfriend always helped decide if the movie was good or not,” Dan said, holding out his hand. “Shall we?”

You smiled, taking his hand and entering the cinema. “So, what does this mean for us? Are we friends? Enemies? Accquaintances?” You asked, biting your lip slightly.

“I’m not sure. I suppose we’ll find out over time… that is, if you’re willing to have me back in your life…”

You looked at your feet for a moment. “We were an incredible team… okay. I accept, on the condition that you buy me ice cream after.”

Dan chuckled, shaking your hand. “It’s a deal.”

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Monday 8:27am
I woke up with you on my mind.
You called me babe last night —
my heart is still pounding.

Tuesday 10:53pm
Today I realized we won’t work.
What we are is hurting her.
And I think she matters more to me than you do.

Wednesday 11:52pm
I broke things off with you today.
She barely said a word.
I’ve never regretted anything more than this.

Thursday 4:03pm
I shouldn’t have sent that message.
You shouldn’t have been so okay with receiving it.

Friday 9:57pm
I almost messaged you today.
I didn’t.

Saturday 8:49pm
I’m walking around town in search of alcohol.
They say that liquor numbs the pain of having a broken heart.
I want to put that to the test.

Sunday 2:32am
I heard you texted a girl you’ve never spoken to before.
I wonder if it’s because you’re trying to replace me.
I can’t help but wish you weren’t.
I thought I was irreplaceable.

—  a week with you on my mind, c.j.n.