For years I’ve thought about a short story I read some time between 1997 and 2007. I’d estimate 2000 – 2006. I imagine it was in Harpers, Atlantic, or New Yorker. I’ve never been able to find it.
In the story there are two girls. I think English, maybe Canadian. They are in the woods and they see some horrible creature. I think a worm, a giant worm.
Then it’s 60 years later and the narrator sees the girl, now all grown up, at a sight-seeing visit.
The atmosphere really affected me. I was reminded of Alice Munro and then I suppose later of “My Brilliant Friend” by Ferrante.
I can’t find it because googling ‘worm’ or ‘monster’ or ‘two girls’ gives too many silly hits.
Any sleuths out there?