“So this is what Germany looks like…" Chopin thought as the others talked about their plans.
"Well," Paganini announced, "let’s save those manuscripts, shall we?"
"I suppose I’ll go first," he exclaimed, seeing as how the others were lingering around in the back. "I’ll see you two soon. Ciao!"
Chopin and Mendelssohn followed Paganini off the train and rolled onto the grassy earth. They wandered about, unable to see anything as their eyes were adjusting to the darkness.
"Frédéric… Felix…" a weak voice spoke a little distance ahead.
Mendelssohn and Chopin sprinted over, the latter nearly tripping over his coattails as he staggered across the uneven terrain.
"Haha… How foolish!" Paganini laughed maniacally, "I should’ve thought of where to jump before doing the act itself… Ahh, well," he groaned as the others approached him.
"Niccolò… what happened?" Chopin asked.
"The train slows down at the bridge!" Paganini yelled.
"What? Niccolò, snap out of it!" Mendelssohn wailed, "what do you mean?"
"It slowed down at the bridge for several seconds. Of course, an extremely slow train is the nearest to a stationary train," he explained rationally, "so it would logically be the best moment to jump. However, the bridge is only so long. Going the speed we were proceeding at, I knew there would only be time for two people to jump safely. Felix, Frédéric, are you two alright?"
"You fool!" Mendelssohn yelled, "do you realise what your little act of heroism has done?”
"Yes, yes," Paganini chuckled, "don’t worry about me! Now," he began extracting a paper from his pocket, "this is an underground map of Berlin. You’ll need it to complete the operation."
"Underground?…" Mendelssohn and Chopin spoke in unison.
"Yes," Paganini forced a pained laugh, "there’s more to the city than you might imagine."
"Let’s go… Niccolò, do you need help getting up?" Chopin muttered nervously.
"Getting up?" Paganini asked in amusement, "Signor Chopin, you must know that even the Devil’s Violinist must face death eventually.”
"Goodbye, my friends, & in bocca al lupo!"—