Short Story: Dragonfly Wrangling 101

I’m back … kinda. Got almost everything moved here, except for my Avalon books and the notes I took on the first few chapters of Secret of the Unicorn. They won’t be shipped to my new location until mid-August, so don’t expect any new recaps until then. To tide you over, here is a quick recap of a short story originally posted on the old Avalon site: Dragonfly Wrangling 101.

This story takes place sometime after All That Glitters, since Kara has no idea how to manage the dragonflies yet; however, it was published after Secret of the Unicorn was released. Not much happens: Kara is sitting in French class, getting ready for a pop quiz that she hasn’t studied for. Goldie pops in and causes some minor mayhem, like spilling everything out of Kara’s backpack and climbing up Kara’s pencil while she writes. (Wait, I thought dragonflies were supposed to be the size of small birds, not insect-sized!) After the quiz, Kara throws Goldie across the room … and onto her French teacher’s head. Kara then has the bright idea of summoning Goldie back, but instead Goldie and the other dragonflies materialize inside her backpack and make their little squawking noises. Kara basically tells the dragonflies that she’ll never throw shoes at them again if they shut up — which they promptly do.

Funny thing about this short story: elements of this scene are recycled in The Warlock Diaries. Somewhere in the first third of the comic, Goldie shows up in the middle of Kara’s French class and tells her that there’s bad things going down in Ravenswood. Kara tries to hide Goldie, but to no avail: the French teacher hears them talking, but she only scolds them for not speaking in French. (I swear, all magical things emit a Somebody Else’s Problem Field in this series!)

There’s one more Dragonfly Wrangling story, but I won’t recap it until after I’m done with Secret of the Unicorn.

Oh – special thanks to SoozieQ for helping out while I’ve been gone! If you’re still interested in contributing to the site, you’re more than welcome to keep posting ^_^


  1. …Well, that was weird. I would imagine at that point the teacher would be speaking entirely in French to help immerse the students. It would have been easier in this series if magical beings had some kind of field to disguise them to non-magical people.

    1. LOL, the non-main characters are just incredibly stupid, which is why they never notice anything magical going on. Or all magical stuff emits a Somebody Else’s Problem Field. I kinda wish it was touched upon in the books.

      1. I think it all just comes down to Roberts feeling that magical animals getting into wacky magical shenanigans! was essential for young adult literature.

          1. That was All’s Fairy in Love and War, right? That was the last book I read before starting over with the ebooks.

          2. Yeah, that’s right. Another similar incident also happens in Dark Mage, when Lorren appears before the Catty Girls, and they just think he’s a human wearing green makeup.

  2. So…Kara wrote about an incident in her journal and kept referring to herself in the third person?

    I noticed, at the end of the story, Kara nervously started filling in blanks on her quiz, although the “percils down” order had long since been given, and most of the students had already passed their quizzes to the front.

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