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

Axel had always been interested in the unknown, and the possibility of opening a portal to another world had always appealed to him. His friends had warned him against opening any portals, but Axel was determined to find out for himself.

One night, after a long day of work, Axel stumbled upon an old, broken map in a dusty corner of his basement. Scanning the map’s faded lines, he found a strange symbol that looked like a portal. Excited, Axel pulled down a heavy beam to gain access to the map’s hidden compartment and closed the door behind him.

As he stepped through the portal, Axel was overcome with a sense of elation. He was about to discover something new and exciting. The portal led him to a dark and forbidding place, but Axel was determined to press on. After wandering for hours, he finally found a sun-bathed world with towering trees and crystal-clear lakes.

Axel couldn’t believe his luck. This was exactly the kind of world he had been searching for. He spent the rest of his days exploring the new world, and soon became well-known among the locals for his tales of the miraculous portal.