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

Gary had always been a bit of a skeptic. He had been raised in a devoutly religious home, and had been taught that there was no such thing as magic. That was until one day, when he discovered a magical portal.

Gary had always been a bit of a wanderer. He had grown up spending summers hiking and camping in the mountains, and had always loved exploring new and mysterious places. When he discovered the portal, he knew it was meant for him.

He journeyed through it, and found himself in a fantastical world filled with magical creatures. Gary was awestruck by the beauty of the place, and could not help but feel at home.

After spending a few days in the world of the portal, Gary decided he needed to return home. He was not sure how he would get back, but he knew he had to try.

Gary journeyed through the portal, and found himself back in his home town. He was surprised to find that he had only been gone for a few hours, and that everything had still been unchanged.

Gary was glad he had discovered the portal, and knew that he would always remember his magical journey.