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

Doug was a typical man, except for one thing: he had a curious mind. Whenever something caught his attention, he couldn’t help but to investigate it further. That was why, one day, when he was out walking his dog, he stumbled across a strange hole in the ground. He didn’t think much of it at first, but when he looked closer he saw a faint green light coming from within. Curiosity got the best of him and he decided to investigate further.

As he stepped through the portal, he found himself in a strange and unfamiliar place. The green light was coming from a circle of crystals lodged in the ground, and in the center of the circle was a pedestal with a large, glowing crystal atop it. As Doug stared at the crystal, he felt something tugging at his heart, as if urging him to pick it up. Without thinking any further, he reached for it and felt a sense of relief wash over him.

Suddenly, the portal disappeared and Doug was left alone in the strange place. He didn’t know what to do with the crystal, but he knew he had to bring it back home. After a few failed attempts, he finally found a way to transport it back to his house and placed it on his kitchen table. After that, life went back to normal. But, for Doug, the crystal represented something much more than just a piece of jewelry – it was a symbol of his newfound treasure trove of magical knowledge.