Murphy had dashed on his blazer for school, realising that he would be late for his first day at Bartman's Grammar School. His Mom didn't need to remind him about this as they had spoken almost endlessly about this new place. Murphy and his Mom looked quite similar and were often mistaken for siblings due to their indiffering stature. He quickly brushed his teeth, and he kept whispering the phrase 'There was no time for breakfast and no time for questions,' to himself, and then went to question a lot of things irrationially in his head.
"OK, Mom, I'm leaving for school! I'll speak to you when I get home!" he said cheerfully, trying to mask the scent of discontent that parents can detect.
"Got everything? It would be unfortunate for you to forget everything on your first day," Mom asked, giving her signature radiant smile that always looked as if it could pay all of her bills.
"Yep! I'm going to be late, so I need to go now!" Murphy answered.
Before Murphy headed for the front door with a peaceful symphony in his step, Mom gave him a gentle kiss on the forehead. He then left the house, closing the door with a gentle click, and ran hurriedly across the street. Then, he reached his school and came to a statical pause. The mere sight of the outside view felt as if his insides were being stolen away from his body. He darted across the halls to his form room.
The rest of the room stared at him blankly before ejecting into a series of murmurs.
"Huh, looks like you're new. I'm Mr. Sycamore, and I'm your form tutor and could possibly be your ELA teacher," the teacher had said, staring calmly into Murphy's hazel eyes. "What may be your name?"
"I'm Murphy." he replied.
"Ah, yes! You sit over there, next to Huey. But don't get too comfy, because we'll be headed to the school hall in a few minutes," Mr. Sycamore spoke, while pointing his long fingers to the back of the room.
Murphy's heart was firing mixed signals, a lot like the feeling of a sick person's stomach.
The first episode of the entire series! Murphy has just started his new school.
Context for non-UK readers:
- A grammar school is a school where a test known as the 11+ is taken to enter. Grammar schools offer supposedly better curriculum and teaching than regular schools.
- A form room is a typically British terminology for a homeroom. There is no real difference between the two words except for what local people call it.
- No content warnings required for this episode.
Academical Heartburn is a series about an LGBTQ+ youth called Murphy Rogers who is starting a new school life to try to escape his homophobic society. He meets the mysterious, self-acclaimed musical lord Huey Lane who transforms Murphy's world forever. What else has this new world have in store for him?
General Content Warnings (these will be updated as the series moves fowards):
- Use of derogatory terms
- Uncomfortable subjects such as pain and implied gore
- References and implications to the misuse of alcohol and narcotics