Prompt: Write a short story about a man who discovers a magical portal
Tom had always been curious about the world beyond his small town. One summer day, he found a secret portal hidden behind a boarded-up window in an old building. When he stepped through, he was transported into a fantastical world full of swirling colors and floating objects. He soon found that he could teleport to any place in the world by using the portal. Tom’s newfound magic made him the talk of the town, and he quickly became a celebrity. But Tom was also lonely, and he yearned for the companionship of friends from home. One day, he tried to teleport back to his home, but he found that he couldn’t return. He was stranded in the magical world, without any way to return home.
Tom struggled to make a life in the magical world, but he was quickly consumed by the fame and glamour. One day, he was caught in a storm while traveling to a new location, and his magical transporter was destroyed. Without it, he was unable to return home. Desperate and alone, Tom faced his fears and made the journey back to the magical world. When he arrived, he found that everything had changed since he was last in the world. The fame and glamour had worn off, and he was alone and vulnerable again. But, at least, he was able to stay in the magical world and hopefully find his way home one day.