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

Dan had always been a bit of a skeptic. He had a hard time believing in things that weren’t concrete and scientific. But there was something about that old map that had drawn him in. He had found it in an old suitcase in the attic of his grandparents’ house. It was covered in dust and cobwebs, but Dan wasn’t deterred. He knew that there must be something of value hidden within the ancient parchment.

After cleaning and repairing the map as best he could, Dan decided to take it with him on his travels. He figured that he could use it to find new adventures and explore new lands. He had always loved the idea of travelling and learning about new cultures.

As Dan travelled, he began to notice a strange energy emanating from the map. It was like a portal was opening up inside of it, transporting him to different places. He soon discovered that he could also use the map to travel through time.

As he travelled through different epochs and civilizations, he began to understand the fragility of life and the importance of adventure. He also began to understand the connection that we all have to each other. It was all thanks to that old map.