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

John was excited to finally find the hidden portal that his friends had been talking about for months. He had been searching high and low for it, and when he finally found it, he was filled with an excitement and anticipation that he had never experienced before. He stepped through the portal and into the unknown.

As he stepped through, he felt a strange sense of peace and calm wash over him. He continued walking, and soon he came to a large palace. He walked inside and was astounded by the beauty and extravagance of the place. He continued exploring, and soon he came to a room with a large fountain in it. As he got closer, he saw that the fountain was filled with water that bubbled and sparkling with all sorts of colors. He walked up to it and noticed that he could see right through it. He continued looking around, and then he saw a small door. He walked through it and found himself in a strange, dark room.

As he looked around, he noticed that the walls were covered in strange symbols. He walked over to one of the symbols and tried to read it, but he couldn’t understand what it said. Suddenly, he heard a noise from behind the door, and he quickly ran towards it. He opened it and found himself face-to-face with a large, dangerous-looking creature.