In the exposition of the short story “Three Skeleton Key” written by George G. Toudouze, three lighthouse workers realized that a derelict ship was headed straight towards their tiny island. This ship did not have a crew, but was infested with rats. These were no ordinary rats, they were vicious sea rats, they were way bigger than any normal land rat. The ship turned away from the island and came back multiple times before it crashed into the tiny island. After the crash, all the rats fled the ship and raced to get on land. The three lighthouse keepers, Itchoua, Le Gleo, and the narrator ran into the lighthouse and hopefully locked the rats out. Since the rats couldn't get in, they climbed the lighthouse. From inside the lighthouse keepers watched out windows, terrified as rats climbed and covered the lighthouse. The rats trapped the workers inside for multiple days before they finally broke in through a window.
"It earned its name from the story of the three convicts who, escaping from Cayenne in a stolen dugout canoe, were wrecked on the rock during the night, managed to escape the sea, but eventually died of hunger and thirst. When they were discovered, nothing remained but three heaps of bones, picked clean by the birds. The story was that the three skeletons, gleaming with phosphorescent light, danced over the small rock screaming...."
THREE SKELETON KEY
“See us? No doubt—if there is a crew aboard!”
“Are you saying that she’s the Flying Dutchman?”
“What’s wrong with her crew? Are they all drunk or insane? Can’t they see us?”
"The three of us grew tense as the ship seemed about to crash on one of our numerous reefs, but she suddenly lurched with some change of the wind, the yards swung around, and the derelict came clumsily about and sailed dead away from us."
THREE SKELETON KEY
"At two in the morning, while Itchoua was dozing in his room, the sheet of metal sealing his window gave way."