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

Tom had always been fascinated by strange and mysterious things. So when he found a small hole in the side of a hill, he knew he had to investigate. He climbed up and found a small opening that led to a dark cave. As he stepped through the portal, he was amazed at what he saw.

He was standing in front of a beautiful, purple-colored landscape. In the center of the scene was a large, golden portal. It was so bright, Tom could see through it to the other side. He walked through it and found himself in a strange place.

There were trees and flowers all around him, and the sun was shining. He could hear the sound of laughter and children playing. He walked towards a large, indoor lake and saw a group of people floating on the water. They looked so happy and carefree, Tom couldn’t help but feel happy as well.

Suddenly, he heard a loud noise. He turned to see a group of angry-looking people walking towards him. They were carrying swords and shields, and they looked like they were about to attack.

Tom didn’t know what to do. He had never been in a situation like this before. He wished he had brought his phone with him, so he could call for help. But, at that moment, the portal disappeared, and Tom was back in the cave.

He was so confused. He had just traveled to a beautiful place, and then it had all disappeared. He wasn’t sure if he should go back and explore the portal again, or if he should just forget about it.