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

Craig had always been intrigued by the idea of magic. As a child, he had spent hours reading about it in books, eager to learn as much as he could. But as he grew older, he realized that it was a thing of the past.

That is, until one day when he unearthed a portal hidden in the basement of his home. As soon as he steps through, he is transported to a different world filled with creatures of magic.

Craig’s excitement is quickly dampened when he realizes that he is the only person in this world who knows about it. He spends hours exploring the magical realm, learning about its creatures and its history.

But as he grows older, Craig realizes that he must return home. The portal to this world is slowly fading, and he has learned more than he could ever hope to in a single lifetime.

But as he steps through the portal, he knows that he will return, and that he will continue to explore the magical realm. For Craig, magic is alive and well, and he is gratefully content to know it.