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

Charlie had always been interested in the paranormal, and was particularly intrigued by the mysterious portals that occasionally appeared in the woods near his home. He had never seen one himself, but had heard stories of people who had. One day, while out walking in the woods, he spotted a strange portal. To his astonishment, he found that he was able to walk through it!

As he stepped through, he found himself in a strange, deserted city. He walked for hours, exploring the city, until he came to a large, shining palace. Inside, he found a beautiful woman who said her name was Selena. She told him that he was a prince, and that he had been banished from his home kingdom because he had discovered a secret enchantment. She offered to help him return home, and the two of them fled the city together.

Back in Charlie’s home town, everyone was celebrating his return. They announced that he was the new prince, and he finally had the chance to right the wrongs his father had done.