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Ship of the month: March/Healy from The Nice Guys

September has arrived and the first thing that came to my mind is the iconic song from Earth, Wind and Fire. It’s an ageless bop and also the main theme if The Nice Guys and action film starred by Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. That’s why the first edition of the ship of the month is dedicated to March and Healy.

 

If you haven’t seen The Nice Guys, I highly recommend it to you. I feel that this movie is everything Once Upon In Hollywood wanted to be: nostalgic, iconic, funny and exciting. The plot follows Holland March a private detective that teams up with a violent enforcer called Jackson Healy to solve the disappearance of a teenage girl.  March’s daughter joins the team since she’s her father conscience and common sense. The movie has an interesting plot with a compelling case and amazingly flesh out characters.

 

Why should you ship Healy/March?

The question should be why you aren’t shipping them. They are the shipper’s dreams. They fit into a lot of beloved tropes like enemies to friends… to lovers?, found family and old married couple bickering. These two clearly love each other and found companionship in each other. I’m also a sucker for found family and Healy ends up fitting perfectly into the Holland family and becomes a very important presence in Holland’s daughter life.

 

Are there fics?

There are a few fics for these couple but they are amazing. I love that most of them are about the meaning of family and how these to dudes figure out how to raise a teen girl. QUALITY CONTENT! Here are some recs for you too spends hours reading.

 

My recs

You Xanadu You (937 words) by howdyspacebuddy
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Nice Guys (2016)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jackson Healy & Holland March, Jackson Healy/Holland March
Characters: Jackson Healy, Holland March, Holly March
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Established Relationship, roller skating, roller disco, Period-Typical Homophobia
Summary:

If there’s anyone who can manage to get injured at somewhere as innocuous as the roller disco, it’s Holland March.

 

our house (2538 words) by randomhorse
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Nice Guys (2016)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jackson Healy/Holland March
Characters: Jackson Healy, Holland March, Holly March
Additional Tags: Domestic Bliss, Gratuitous porn, don’t be fooled by their dadly appearance, they’re teenagers
Summary:

“You know he’s clueless, right?” Holly says.
“It occurred to me,” Healy responds.

 

The Dead Queen (19587 words) by ChloShow
Chapters: 15/15
Fandom: The Nice Guys (2016)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jackson Healy/Holland March
Characters: Jackson Healy, Holland March, Holly March
Additional Tags: Mystery, Alcohol Abuse/Alcoholism, Dysfunctional Family, Period-Typical Homophobia, Coming Out
Summary:

A missing person’s case takes Jack and March to a Los Angeles gay bar.

 

Hospital Blues (6115 words) by seutedeern
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: The Nice Guys (2016)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Jackson Healy/Holland March, Jackson Healy & Holland March
Characters: Jackson Healy, Holland March, Holly March
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Hospitals, Family Feels
Summary:

They always end up in hospital. They always look out for one another.

 

Last Known Address (7834 words) by adreadfulidea
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Nice Guys (2016)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jackson Healy/Holland March
Characters: Jackson Healy, Holland March, Holly March
Additional Tags: Case Fic, Period-Typical Homophobia
Summary:

It started, as it often did, with a missing girl.

 

Grim Grinning Ghosts (Come Out To Socialize) (1405 words) by skazka
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Nice Guys (2016)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jackson Healy/Holland March, Jackson Healy & Holly March
Characters: Jackson Healy, Holland March, Holly March
Additional Tags: Extra Treat, Halloween, Queer Families, Domesticity, Attempted Parenting
Summary:

Halloween, 1978: Jackson Healy has come to stay.

 

Vibes (8027 words) by duesternis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Nice Guys (2016)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jackson Healy/Holland March, Jackson Healy & Holly March
Characters: Jackson Healy, Holland March, Holly March, Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Canon Compliant, POV Outsider, Mentions of Blood, mentions of a gunfight, word queer used, Found Family, parenting
Summary:

“Mr March is notoriously late, drinks and smokes, a sleazebag”
“Mr Jackson Healy: person of interest, very close to the March family, business associate of Mr March, pleasant man”

— taken from the notes of Miss Lena Waskovski, Home Room Teacher for Holly March

 

the nicest word there is (3345 words) by Ias
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Nice Guys (2016)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jackson Healy/Holland March
Characters: Holland March, Jackson Healy, Holly March
Additional Tags: Domestic, Co-Parenting, Pining, Banter, Family Dynamics
Summary:

Jackson Healy is getting a new apartment, whether he wants one or not.

 

Turning This Car Around (4649 words) by Prismabird
Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: The Nice Guys (2016)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jackson Healy & Holland March
Additional Tags: Established Relationship, Fluff, Road Trips, Vacation, Anxiety Disorder, Sobriety, Abuse of Medication, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Jackson needs to apologize to everyone, Even Holland gets to be the voice of reason sometimes, boys getting sappy
Summary:

Established relationship. Holland, Jackson, and Holly go on a road trip. Holland needs a sedative, Jackson needs a new dictionary, and Holly can’t believe this is her life.

 

 

 

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