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

Freddy was not the type of person to believe in magic. He had seen and experienced too much of it in his life to be so easily convinced. But then he saw the portal. It was in an old, abandoned warehouse, and from the moment he saw it, Freddy was drawn to it. He went to investigate, and found himself sliding through the portal into a different world.

He found himself in a dark, spooky forest. He could hear the crunch of leaves and the rustle of tree branches, and he smelled the musty scent of the forest. He was surrounded by large, menacing trees, and he didn’t know how to get back home.

Then, out of the darkness, a creature emerged. It was tall and slender, with long, spindly arms and a sinister grin. The creature hissed at Freddy, and he shrank back in terror. It was clear that he wasn’t welcome in this world, and that he had better get back home soon.

But before he could make a run for it, something caught his eye. It was a small, flickering light, and he realised that it was the portal. He could see his home in the distance, and he knew that he could reach it if he used the portal. He took a deep breath and stepped through the portal.

He emerged back in the warehouse, safe and sound, and he knew that he would never forget the portal or the world he had found himself in. It was a magical place, and he knew that he would return to visit again soon.