He shouted at them, trying to get them to scram, but one had a gun and fired at Serge as he came toward them. The bullet entered his right eye and lodged in the back of his brain. He ran to the hospital, but the doctors were unable to remove the bullet. He would have to hope the wound healed on its own.
He went back to the house and lay recuperating, hallucinating with pain. He had conversations with phantoms of his dead father, and repeatedly witnessed his own death. But over many months the wound healed and the hallucinations subsided. He at first thought to sell the house and return to France, but then decided no, this was his home and he would stay.