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

John was working in his garden one day when he discovered a portal. He walked through it and found himself in a different world. John was amazed by the beauty of the place, and the people there were so kind. He decided to stay, and began to learn the language.

John became friends with the king and queen, and they invited him to their palace. John was so excited to see the inside, but when he got there, he was shocked to find out that the palace was empty. He asked the queen why it was empty, and she told him that the king and queen had died a few days ago. John was heartbroken, but he decided to stay and help the people in the kingdom.