‘This is our real school. This is the reason why our parents sent us here - or whatever’s left of it, anyways.’
‘You? The night class?’
‘Mhm’ Bai Yu nodded, expertly unfolding the bristle bamboo scroll and showing it to Zhu Yilong. Barely readable in its ancient characters and strange strokes, it said ‘Musings on Immortality’. Zhu Yilong held his breath for a long moment, but still couldn’t do more than stare.
‘We are the descendants of priests and witches and cultivators’ he announced, gesturing at the group of them with barely contained pride.
‘Which one are you?’ Zhu Yilong asked Bai Yu, his quiet voice bleeding out in the tense silence without an echo.
Zhu Yilong held Bai Yu’s gaze, and Bai Yu laughed, throwing an arm around his shoulder.
‘Which one do you think?’
Or: The ZhuBai Dark Academia AU that exactly one person asked for, affectionately and alternatively titled: "Bai Yu has Some Kind Of Dark Secret and Long Ge is Just Being Hot" and "The Zhubai Monster Fic Without Monsters"