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

John had always been a skeptical guy. He had seen too many movies and TV shows where the common man discovers a magical portal that takes him to fantastical worlds where he is able to save the day. So when John stumbled upon a hole in the ground that led to a dark cave, he wasn’t about to get his hopes up. But when he stepped inside, he discovered something that completely changed his perspective.

The cave opened up into a colossal underground cave system, and in the center of the cave was a gigantic portal. It was similar to the ones he had seen in movies, but this one was real. John stepped through and found himself inside a different world.

He was in some kind of enchanted forest, and the first thing he noticed was the beautiful unicorns grazing in the fields. John felt a sense of awe and wonder wash over him as he took in the sights and sounds of the magical forest. Suddenly, he heard a strange noise coming from one of the trees. It sounded like someone was crying.

John stepped closer to investigate and found a young girl hiding behind the tree. She was weeping tears of frustration and anger, and her grief was palpable. John asked her what was wrong, but she didn’t seem to hear him. He tried speaking louder, but she still didn’t react.

John was starting to get a little scared, so he decided to leave. As he was walking back through the portal, he heard the girl’s voice from inside the tree. It sounded like she was calling him. John didn’t want to leave, but he knew that he had to. As he stepped through the portal, he realized that he had just saved the girl’s life.