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

My name is John, and I have always been a curious man. I love to explore the world around me, and I’m always looking for new things to discover.

One day, I was out hiking in the woods, and I came across a strange portal. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw it. It was as if the world around me had become a different place.

I stepped through the portal, and I found myself in a different world. It was a beautiful place, filled with trees and a pristine lake. I followed the path that led to the lake, and I saw a magical creature swimming in it.

I was so amazed by the beauty of the place, I didn’t even realize I was being followed. When I turned around, I saw a group of people standing behind me.

They were dressed in strange costumes, and they looked very ominous. I had no idea what they were planning to do to me, but I didn’t want to get hurt so I ran back through the portal.

I never returned to that world, but I always wonder what happened to the magical creature I saw swimming in the lake. I think it might still be there, waiting for me to find it again.