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

Frank had always been fascinated by the stories of magical portals leading to other worlds. One day, he finally found one that looked exactly like the ones he’d seen in his dreams. He walked through it and found himself in a fantastic landscape full of castles and wild animals.

He continued walking and soon came to a vast lake. He saw a beautiful woman standing on a pier, and he ran towards her. But as he got closer, he realized that she was a statue, and the pier was made of ice. He turned around and saw the portal close behind him.