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

John was feeling down. He had lost his job a few months ago, and was struggling to find another. He was about to give up and go home when he saw a flashing light in the distance. He followed it and soon found himself in front of a portal. He stepped through and found himself in a different world.

John was amazed by the sights and sounds of this new place. He saw a beautiful castle in the distance and decided to explore it. He found a stair case that led to the top. As he reached the top, he found himself in front of a magical door. He tried the door, but it was locked. John decided to return home.

On the way back, John met a girl named Emmalee. She was also exploring the castle. They talked for a while and then parted ways. John was happy he had met Emmalee and was looking forward to returning to see her again.