Bessa Can’t Dance



This is part of a novel I am slowly working on that reflects the theme of ‘honey and vinegar’, and looks at the role of kindness from others in building a life.



Her parents had such a lust for life no one was around to pick her up from dance lessons or give her the money to go out but Bessa could still dance. Her parents thought she was hopeless but they hadn’t seen her on stage. She looked around, the street was in darkness as she left. She couldn’t come back to this ghosttown. Her home would not change but she hoped she would. She had to find a new story to call her life.


Bessa stripped down her bedroom of twenty years and found that everything that was there was childish. Everything had been given to her to keep her in her place. She had always been on the side of the people who lived in her community but now she wanted to support anyone who would stick by her so she could leave this place behind. She liked cartoons as a child and now no one would let out outgrow the childlike characters and her room had become a mausoleum to childhood. Her love for her family had kept her here but it had stopped serving her. No wonder she hadn’t had a boyfriend in a while. There was no space for anyone in her life with all these stuffed toys around her. Today something had shifted in Bessa that made it easy for her to stuff all of the smiling teddy bears in a big black bag and leave them outside the charity shop.


The door to the nearby theatre where she had to return her old dance costumes to had not been locked properly. The stage was empty and the auditorium looked tempting. She wandered inside. Bessa was alone or so she thought in this space. She stole onto the large empty stage. The floor had a plastic feel to it and magically it was easy for her to glide around. She felt supported and dancing was easy. She floated, at least that’s how it felt. Nothing dragged and her legs extended and her back stretched as she filled the whole space. She found the front of the stage and sang the opening number to a musical she hoped to perform in one day. To add weight to this goal she had an audience, in the shape of one warm kind appreciative observer.


Bessa lifted people’s horizons and made their hearts lighter and now she had proof. When the caretaker came to close the gates for the night he almost locked the door from the outside but he heard the joyous singing inside and so he stood in the shadows, and watched from the back.  He gave Bessa his best applause. Whilst the world stood waiting for her outside these four walls, this was a solid base to move on from.






Find the full story in the finished novel here



Enjoy a selection of writers presenting the case for kindness here

Skegness & Beyond Honey or vinegar?

Under the Monkey Tree Unforgettable Christmas

The WordPress C(h)ronicle Honey versus Vinegar I’m a Writer, Yes I Am

Obsessive Compulsive Running……. The ups and downs of “running” a run

A Little Fluff So Simple

A Sober Head Full Of Confusion Honey vs. Vinegar

Bumblepuppies Kindness Insults My Intelligence

Avalon Reviews + Flash Words of Power – A Haiku

Mary J Melange Fountain of Gladness

davidfetzer6271951 Honey Versus Vinegar

Writer Wormie The kindness emanating from within

sakshidayal The Little Things

The Willow Tree’s River Day’s End

gabriellalove’s Blog Little Drops of Kindness.

Musings From My Id Honey versus Vinegar

  1. ..but not always so sweet Turning Vinegar Into Honey

Memoirs of a Mild Melodramatic The Greatest Kindness Ever Shown Memoirs of a Mild Melodramatic

FlippyZipFlop (DPC) Kill ‘em with Kindness

Close To Local Coming to a neighbourhood near you

A Girl In Solitude Sometimes You Can Catch More Flies With Honey – Daily Prompt

Monday’s Bloodstains From 120km/h to 0


Thinking Languages! Kindness

Sweet Sister Musings I’m a “Sweet” Sister for a Reason

linda nguyen. Restoring Lost Faith

The Passion Dew Beauty and The Beast

Ripples of Truth A Stranger’s Kindness

Ethiopian Mama in Australia A Stranger’s Books

A Hedonistic Wander A Study in Pink

Meaningful Mommy A $50 unforgotten kindness chain reaction Faces of New Eden

risingrave28 One Envelope

Stuff my dog taught me The Kindness in Your Smile

humblegenealogy Honey or Vinegar – they both have their place in life

Phylor’s Blog DP Weekly Writing Challenge Kindness: Unexpected Kindness

Thoughts, Tips and Tales Nicest Things People Have Ever Done for Me

Off Your Mat The Writing Challenge Pose: Neighborly Regret

Becoming Beautiful how to saved a life!

PERSPECTIVES Kindness in a World of Chaos

Nothing Figured Out Kinship With A Homeless Veteran

Mackneen_The Algerian Goldfinch Fellow commuter camaraderie|Why we write,when we write are we right?|reflections|honey-vs-vinegar

The Zombies Ate My Brains Kindness is as Kindness Does

Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss Weekly Writing Challenge: Honey versus Vineagar

The Reluctant Baptist Sweet Little Somethings

Pollyanna Press The Perfect Stranger

So the Story Goes Honey Vs. Vinegar Writing Challenge

Master of Something I’m Yet To Discover Kind Hearts Are The Gardens – A Journey Across The USA

The Lesser Canine This is kind-a…

DIRTY ARI Being Kind or Kinda-Being-a-Busybody?

asnappshot True acts of kindness

thelifeofjodipaden Paying it Forward

The world is round but the bed is a rectangle It’s always the children

Hope* the happy hugger The Chinese Man.

Random Musings Tales from the Crypt: No one believes me but I swear it’s true

medicinalmeadows Weekly Writing Challenge: Honey versus Vinegar

The Writing Hut The old lady and me

helen meikle’s scribblefest Weekly challenge: Kindness we sometimes forget To Breathe is to Write WRITING CHALLENGE Honey versus Vinegar

Blooms and Bubbles Cool Mom La Femme La Phoenix The beauty of blogging y against your lips, mine

themagzee I’m a Bully

bits and pieces My fireflies

Go ask Alisa World needs more good deeds. Get up and make a difference!

verbalising A Cup of Tea, an Act of kindness And so I write

And so I write Random Acts of Kindness

Samoan Sword Honey and Vinegar. Take A Second.

OSuzyQuilts, Free-motion Quilting and Meanderings Just friggin pay it forward already, okay?

Sue’s Trifles What is kindness? dreamsbrightascitylights Defying Difficulties to Help Others

shape shifting DP weekly writing challenge “Honey versus Vinegar” kindness: kindness of strangers

Melanie Ryding – Ryding2Health BLOG Moments of kindness: lending more than a hand

Amble On Tours A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way

FREE BIRD My Small Gesture…

Swaarasa Kindness never dies ~ UBC 18

In my world Oh you’re so kind

reyoflight Kindness.

Emily Anton 10 things I LOVE about living in NYC



18 thoughts on “Bessa Can’t Dance

  1. Lita,

    Wonderful post. I hope you will post more portions of your novel, I would love to see what happens to Beesa as she starts to discover who she really is. Thank you.

    Have a lovely weekend,


    • Pepper

      This comment has moved me, I am thrilled you spotted I am trying to write about someone who is finding out who they are. That means so much to me that you see it.

      Your poetry continues to inspire me and stays with me long after I have read it. I adore ‘Path’.

      Here’s to a beautiful weekend



  2. Yes, very evocative. I’m always intrigued by the long list of other posts on your blog! Are they ping backs? Where do you find the time? Look forward to exploring this topic from this list since kindness is one of my special words. Keep on inspiring us! :):)


    • So kind of you to say this! I am polishing the end result so watch this space!

      Your blog is exquisite. The post of google maps is spectacular, nice to know there are some great finds to help us enjoy the beauty close by.

      Can’t wait to pop back and read more.


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