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

Marco had always been intrigued by the old maps in his family’s attic. He’d never been able to find the courage to touch them, fearing they might fall apart if he did. But one day, while cleaning out his old room, he found an old map hidden behind some old clothes. He curiosity got the best of him, and he pulled it out.

The map wasn’t just any map. It was a map of a portal. Marco didn’t know what a portal was, but he knew he had to find out. He began to research portals online and found that they were something mystical and magical.

Marco was so excited to find out more about this magical portal that he decided to take a trip to explore it himself. As he stepped through the portal, he found himself in a deep forest. He started to wander around, exploring the different trees and vines.

Suddenly, he heard avoice calling his name. He turned around to see a beautiful woman standing in the distance. She told him that she was the gatekeeper of the portal, and that he was the first person to ever discover it. She offered to show him around the portal more, but Marco was so excited to explore it all on his own that he declined.

Marco never dreamed that he would find this magical portal, but it was the best thing that ever happened to him. Now, every time he goes somewhere new, he takes a little bit of the magic with him.