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

The old man had been travelling for days and was exhausted. He had been through forests, across rivers, and up and down hills. He was about to give up hope when he came across a small clearing. As he entered, he noticed a strange light shining down from the sky. He followed it until he came to a large, magical portal. He could see the other side, and it looked like a beautiful garden. He wanted to go through, but he was afraid. He stood there for a long time, debating what to do. Then, he heard a voice from the other side.

” petitioner, come through. You are welcome in my garden.”

The old man hesitated for a moment, but then he walked through the portal. Once he was through, he saw that the garden was nothing like the one he had seen on the other side. It was now autumn, and the leaves were falling from the trees. The old man was shocked, and he didn’t know what to do. Then, he heard the voice again.

” petitioner, you are welcome here. I will give you what you need to find your way home.”

The old man didn’t know what to say, so he just thanked the voice before walking back through the portal. He was glad that he had found the portal, and that he would be able to find his way back home.