"Three Skeleton Key" Storyboard Plot Summary

"Three Skeleton Key" Storyboard Plot Summary

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In the exposition of the short story “Three Skeleton Key” written by George G. Toudouze, many thing occur, from hope, to lose of hope, and more. First off, the three companions reach the top of the stairs just in time as the rats close in on them. They proceed to slam the iron trapdoor shut, sealing themselves in the top of the lighthouse. Even though they are "safe", all of them have quite serious injuries, and are bleeding severely from bites and cuts. Le Gelo, perhaps the worst of them all, starts to go insane and starts saying things like "Three Skeleton Key! More like Six Skeleton Key!", along with laughing insanely. But when all hope seems lost a boat appears, but there is no way to contact it, until Itchoua, snapping out of his stupor, uses morse code to contact the ship. After the ship is informed of their situation, they plan to come back tomorrow with reinforcements. The next day, the boat from yesterday arrived with another ship, a fireboat. The fireboat attempts to spray the rat infested lighthouse with water, but fails, as it has no effect on the rats. Defeated, the boats head back to land and will return again tomorrow, leaving the others to hold out until then.

Storyboard Text

  • These darn rats!
  • Run for your life!
  • At least the light is on...
  • Hehe... Three Skeleton Key! More like Six Skeleton Key!
  • Quick! Use the light to signle the boat with morse code!
  • My god! They're alive!
  • We're saved!
  • Just as they get to the top of the stairs, more rats start to attack, and the three lighthouse workers find themselves running for their lives. 
  • Spraying the rats isn't working! We'll have to come back tommorow!
  • The three companions luckily get into the room before the rats, but soon Le Gleo starts to go insane. During this time, the light is kept on.
  • I hope we can make it till then...
  • They're not coming back till tomorrow! 
  • Just before a boat is about to leave, Itchoua, snaps out of his stupor and quickly uses the light to signal the boat in morse code. The boat says they will return tomorrow to kill the rats.
  • When the boat returns the next day, it comes with a fireboat. The fireboat attempts to spray the rats with jets of water, but very few die, and the plan fails.
  • When they receive the news, all of them seem to lose hope, as they fear that the rats will break in an attack before tomorrow - or they will die from blood loss or going insane.
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