Prompt: Write a short story about a man who discovers a magical portal

Jackson was just getting ready for bed when he heard a knock on his door. He assumed it was his neighbor, Jorge, so he called out to him. When Jorge didn’t answer, Jackson went to answer the door. There, he found a young woman dressed in a white gown. She said her name was Astra and she needed Jackson’s help.

Astra told Jackson that he had found a magical portal and that if he helped her through it, she would give him three wishes. Jackson was skeptical at first, but he decided to help her. They entered the portal and emerged in a different world.

As they walked through the forest, they came across a tree with a golden fruit on top. Astra told Jackson that he needed to take the fruit and give it to a golden dragon in order to get to the next world. Jackson was hesitant, but he decided to do it. He reached the dragon and gave him the fruit.

As he was giving the fruit to the dragon, he noticed a woman standing behind him. It was his neighbor, Jorge. Jorge had followed Jackson through the portal and was now back home. Jackson was confused, but he decided to go back through the portal and tell Astra that he couldn’t help her.