The Tale of Mahliya and Mauhub and the White-Footed Gazelle

By Sofia Samatar, first published in The Starlit Wood.

An elderly Egyptian servant tells the allegorical story of the white-footed gazelle, a series of vignettes tethered together by shared characters and themes. When finished, the servant suggests that beasts are not confined to fairy tales and also exist, in the form of common people, in everyday life.