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

The man had been searching for years for a way to leave his small town. He had long fantasized about visiting the large, bustling city up the river. Finally, he found what he was looking for: a portal.

He stepped through and found himself in a different world. He explored the streets, shops, and restaurants, and marveled at the sights and sounds of the city. He even managed to find a job working at a restaurant.

One day, he happened to walk by the library. He had always been interested in reading, so he decided to take a look. When he entered, he was shocked to find a portal there, too.

He stepped through and found himself in another place. This place was made up of winding streets and tall buildings, and the sky was a beautiful blue. There were people everywhere, and they were all different colors.

He wandered around for a while, taking in all the different sights and sounds. Eventually, he found himself at a large fountain. He climbed up the stairwell and found a place to sit.

At that moment, he realized that the place he was in was his dreams all along. He had been dreaming of the city all this time, and the portal had just led him there.

He climbed down the stairs and continued his journey. He eventually found his way back to the city where he had been searching for years. He was excited to explore it again, this time in reality.