When his girlfriend's ex-husband showed up in the middle of the night, one man did the only thing that made sense: He grabbed a replica video game sword and challenged the intruder to a duel.
Legend of Zelda aficionado Eugene Thompson and his sword collection live in Thompson's girlfriend's Katy, Texas, home. On Saturday night, the couple got into an argument, and Thompson's girlfriend called her estranged husband. She let the man into the house, and Thompson tried to chase him out with his Zelda Master Sword.
"I heard him heading to the bedroom where I was, so I jumped in the closet and I grabbed one of my replica swords, and I pulled it out and stood at the doorway, and he was coming down the hallway at me while I was yelling, 'Go away, you don't live here' and he just walked right into the point of the sword, I don't know if he thought it was a toy."
Alas, the replica of a weapon from a Nintendo game was no toy. The ex was stabbed in the chest and leg as he tried to wrestle the most powerful blade in Hyrule away from Thompson.
Thompson didn't escape unscathed, either. The man attacked him with a flower pot, causing a serious gash.
"It dinged me on the head and all of a sudden I had blood pouring down my face," said Thompson.
The two men were transported to separate hospitals for treatment.
Adding insult to combination-insult-and-injury, Thompson's girlfriend told him to pack up his swords and hit the road.
"I am just trying to figure out what to do from here. I have to find a new place to live," said Thompson.