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

When Timmy was five, he found a magic portal in his backyard. He walked through it and found himself in a beautiful forest. He explored the area for a while, before coming across a house in the distance. He walked up to the door and knocked, but nobody answered.

Timmy decided to venture inside. He walked down a long hallway, before coming to a door. He tried to open it, but it was locked. He looked around for a way to pick the lock, but saw nothing.

Suddenly, a voice called out to him. He turned to see a old man sitting in a chair in the corner of the room.

“Welcome, Timmy. What can I do for you?”

“I was looking for somebody, but I couldn’t find them,” Timmy said.

“I’m sorry to hear that. Who are you looking for?”

“A lady named Sarah. She lives here,” Timmy said.

“I don’t think I know anyone named Sarah. Is she a friend of yours?”

“Sort of. We’re not really friends, per se, but she’s important to me.”

“I see. Well, I’m sorry again, Timmy. I don’t think I know where Sarah is.”

“Do you have any idea where the portal might take me next?”

“I’m sorry, Timmy. I can’t help you with that. I’m just a old man.”

“Can you at least tell me how to get back to the portal?”

The old man hesitated for a moment, before answering.

“There’s no easy way to do that, Timmy. You’ll have to find a way on your own.”

With that, the old man got up from his chair and walked towards the door. He opened it and beckoned for Timmy to follow him.

Timmy stepped through the portal and found himself back in his backyard, before collapsing into tears. He knew he would have to find a way back to the portal himself, if he ever wanted to see the old man again.