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

It was late at night and the only light in the room was the flickering candleholder on the desk. The man was tired and frustrated, but he couldn’t help but look more closely at the strange, arcane symbols etched into the wood. He had been studying them for hours, but he still couldn’t figure out what they meant.

Suddenly, he heard a voice from behind him.

“Interesting symbols, aren’t they?”

The man turned to see a figure standing in the doorway, cloaked in shadows. He couldn’t see the man’s face, but he knew he had to be afraid.

“Who are you?” the man asked, trying to conceal the fear in his voice.

“I am the one who has been waiting for you,” the figure said. “Come with me, and you will find out all you ever wanted to know.”

The man didn’t hesitate, he knew there was no way he could resist a tempta