I realized, giant or not, it was still a snail. I slowed to a brisk walk, whistling as I took in the scenery. Within a minute, the giant snail was already far behind me, and I couldn’t help but laugh at myself for running from it.
Still, I couldn’t help wondering what other enormous creatures might be nearby. After all, not all little things would be quite so harmless to me should they become giants. I heard a cracking sound coming from a bank of trees near the river.
"Know what that is?" the voice asked. "No," I said, staring hypnotically at the green worms writhing on the ground. "Touch them," the voice said. "They will heal you." I inserted my wounded arm into the mesh. I felt calm and safe. Soon my entire body was engulfed. I was home.