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

It was a dismal day, with a stiff breeze making the already wet streets even more treacherous. John was feeling particularly down about his recent job loss, and had been walking aimlessly around the city all day. He was in his early 30s, had a good job, and was used to having things his way. But now, with no work and no prospects in sight, he was feeling despondent.

As he was walking along, he noticed a strange, bright light in the distance. Curiosity got the better of him, and he made his way towards it. When he got closer he could see that the light was coming from a large, open portal.

Despite the nagging feeling in the back of his mind that this might be a dangerous thing to do, John stepped through the portal. Once he was inside, he couldn’t believe his eyes. He was in a beautiful, radiant forest, with a stream running nearby. The sky was an amazing blue, and the sun was shining.

After a few minutes of just standing there in amazement, John heard a voice calling his name. He turned to see a woman walking towards him, her hair flowing in the wind. She looked familiar, but he couldn’t place her.

As she got closer, John could see that she was wearing a beautiful dress, and she had a kind smile on her face. She said hello, and John couldn’t help but smile back.

Finally, he remembered who she was. It was his old friend from college, the one he had forgotten about. She had been trying to reach him for years, but he had been too busy. Now, here they were, reunited in a magical forest.

As they walked together, John started to feel a sense of peace and happiness. He had always believed in magic, and now he was living proof of it. He never would have believed it possible, but here he was, living a dream come true.