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

John was the type of guy who never batted an eyelid at the unusual. He’d seen things that would make your hair stand on end, things so bizarre that you couldn’t help but ask yourself why on earth they were real.

That was why when he stumbled across the portal, he didn’t hesitate. After all, what could be more exciting than finding a way to take you to the other side of the world?

John stepped through the portal and was immediately surrounded by brilliant light. He looked around for a way out, but all he could see was a stretch of white nothingness.

He tried to orient himself, but the bright light was making his eyes hurt. Suddenly, he heard a voice call his name.

He turned to see a man dressed in colourful robes. The man smiled and beckoned him over. John couldn’t believe his luck. He was about to find out what lay beyond the portal, and the man seemed friendly and welcoming.

John approached the man cautiously, not knowing what he might be able to expect. As he got closer, he could see that the man was wearing amask. He was clearly a stranger, and John didn’t know what to make of him.

But the man only looked at John with warm eyes, and offered him a hand. John took it, and found himself being pulled through the portal.