What follows is offered in response to Velvet Verbosity's 100 Word Challenge. The challenge, this week, is "Vanished".
The day Melanie Byner's daughter vanished was the day she went insane. Not all at once mind you, but slowly, as her mind fixated on finding her daughter, to the point where she no longer cared about herself, her surroundings, anyone she knew, or anything anyone had to say to her that couldn't lead her to her missing child.
She was always seen about the town. Looking in alleyways. Scouring nearby fields and wooded areas. Calling her daughter's name.
Eventually, it became the only word she ever said. To anyone. Anywhere.
Dirty faced ... stringy haired ...
And then, she, too ... vanished.