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

Francis had always been interested in the supernatural, and when he was younger, he used to spend hours looking for hidden tunnels and caves in the area around his home. One day, he discovered a mysterious portal that led to an amazing world beyond his imagination. The otherworldly realm was filled with wondrous creatures and magical places, and Francis quickly became a regular visitor.

One day, he happened to explore a corner of the realm that he had never seen before. He found himself in front of a beautiful palace made of jewels and precious stones. As he crossed the threshold, he was immediately transported inside.

Francis spent hours exploring the palace, and when he finally returned outside, he was surprised to find that hours had passed by in the real world. He hastened back to the portal to explore the rest of the realm, and he soon became a regular visitor to the magical place.