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

Rick had always been fascinated by oddities and mysteries, so when he stumbled across a large, rusty portal embedded in a decrepit old building, he knew it was something he had to investigate. He climbed up to the portal and tried to peer through, but the intense light emanating from it prevented him from seeing anything. He called out to anyone who might be out there, but there was only silence. Rick considered turning back, but something inside himtold him to venture through the portal. He stepped through and found himself in a strange, new world. The air was warm and humid, and the sky was a sickly green. Rick could hear strange, otherworldly music ringing through the air, and he began to walk in the direction of the sound.

After a few minutes, he came to a large, open area. In the center of the area was a large, glowing orb, and around the orb were several dozen beings of all shapes and sizes. They seemed to be singing and dancing, and their eyes were fixed on the orb. Rick didn’t know what to do, so he just stood there and watched. Suddenly, one of the beings stepped forward and placed its hand on the orb. The orb lit up and Rick could see a beautiful, blue world beyond it. The being looked up at Rick and smiled, and then it disappeared. Rick was stunned by what he had seen, and he couldn’t believe that he had just discovered a magic portal that could take him to any place in the world.