In the rising action of the short story "Three Skeleton Key" by George G. Toudouze, the three characters, the Narrator, Le Gleo, and Itchoua, get into a worse situation. The rats have breached on of the windows and they poured in. They all had enough time to escape to the lantern room, but they needed to fight their way though. Using their knifes, they slashed at the rats, getting cuts and wounds in the process. They close the trap door in the lantern just in time, blocking off the rats. The trapdoor is made of metal, protecting them. They sit in the lantern room, Itchoua staring at his wounds and Le Gleo going crazy. A team comes, wondering why the lighthouse's light was off, only to find it covered in a furry mass. They were about to leave, thinking the crew was dead, but Itchoua, with his quick thinking, used the light to tell the crew their story. The rescue team understood, and headed back to shore for back up. Will the crew survive? The desperate wait continues as the rescue team tries to come up with a plan.