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

Charlie had always been an inquisitive sort. He loved learning new things, and was always looking for new adventures to take on. One day, while exploring an old abandoned building, he discovered a magical portal. Excited by the possibility of finding another world inside, Charlie stepped through the portal.

As soon as he crossed over, he was engulfed in a strange and dark landscape. All around him were terrifying monsters, and the only thing he could see ahead was a long and hazardous journey. Struggling to make his way forward, Charlie soon realized that he was alone in this unfamiliar place. With no hope of escape, he quickly began to panic.

Just as he was about to give up, he heard a voice from behind him. It was a kind and protective figure, and he knew that he was safe now. Charlie was finally able to make his way through the portal and return to the real world, safe and enlightened.