- Grant Access
- Track Account
- Gift Paid Account
Tanya Fleur Wishart is the youngest of three children of the Wishart Family. Before her came older sister, Tracey, who is seven years her senior, and then after a large gap came her older brother, Taylor who is just 11 months older than Tanya. Because their mother and father both had names beginning with T (Tim and Trudy), their dad humoured their mother in continuing the "family tradition". Tim was a hard-working guy who rebuilt old cars to their former glory with a huge passion for Chevys. He had his own business that brought in a comfortable wage to support his family which allowed Trudy to be a stay-at-home mom with Taylor and Tanya came along in quick succession.
A year after Tanya was born, however, Trudy started having an affair with one of Tim's customers, who also happened to be a drug dealer. She got caught up in drugs and when she came home high from a "shopping trip with her friends", Tim hit the roof and kicked her out, furious that she had come near the kids in the state she was in - high as a kite. It lead to a huge argument where she told him she hated him and she didn't give a shit about the kids anyway. It left Tim a single father, though Trudy came and went in their lives as they grew up when she was in and out of rehab, back and forth between clean and using. When she was clean, she was a great and attentive mother and Tim agreed to visitation rights as long as her drug tests were clean. The family grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but when their parents split, Trudy moved to Chicago and in with the guy she was having the affair with.
Tanya stopped having anything to do with her mother when she was 15 years old and her mother embarrassed her by turning up to her birthday party drunk. In tears after the abysmal mess, she told her dad she never wanted to see her mother again and he swore to honour that if their kids ever come outright and said they didn't want to be mixed up in all that, which older sister Tracey had done years ago. It was only Taylor who stayed in touch with her and continued to see her, the more placid of the three kids and less headstrong than his sisters... though that would take a horrible turn for the worst too.
One day, Taylor had spent the weekend with his mom in Chicago but needed to be back in Ann Arbor by the afternoon to start on a special project at the workshop with his dad. He couldn't wait to get back home either because his mom had barely been home and he had that horrible feeling she was using again. She was angry at him for wanting to go back to his father when it was "her time with him", which she tried to hold over him because both his sisters had refused to see her anymore, fed up with her volatile ways.
She got into an argument with Taylor as soon as she got into the car with him, giving him a mouthful for being a bad son who didn't care about her. It was too late by the time Taylor realised she was high and drunk, veering through the streets over the speed limit, taking corners dangerously as she continued to rant and rave at him. He had screamed at her to stop the car so he could get out, but she was completely off her face. He tried one last attempt to demand she pull over before someone got hurt, when she took the corner too fast and lost control of the 4-wheel drive completely. It careened onto the sidewalk in front of a school and Taylor had just a split second to realise there were kids around before the truck slammed right into a school boy who had the right of way and stepped out onto the pedestrian crossing.
The boy was Jace Turner, just 11 years old. After the truck hit him, it spun and collided into a lamp post, impacting Taylor's side of the car. He was trapped inside and the accident would leave him with a spinal cord injury that would see him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Ultimately, he managed to recover well otherwise. He had a concussion and a couple of cracked ribs, both healed well. He was sent to a spinal injury rehab centre in New York, and once he was discharged with new skills of navigating the wheelchair and trying to keep on living, he decided to stay living in New York with his Aunty Hannah, his dad's twin sister.
But Jace wasn't so lucky and Taylor spent many a day wondering and worrying about the boy. He had heard vague information that Jace survived but was badly brain injured. The last Taylor managed to hear was that no one was sure if Jace would regain consciousness, and if he did, if he would have any quality of life. After that, the family seemed to clamp down on Jace's privacy and it was one of those stories that just faded to black despite the massive fundraising locals did to help the family during the tough time. Taylor's mother was sent to prison for grievous bodily harm, driving under the influence, and being in possession of a large quantity of heroine, which Taylor later found out she was carrying to deal in Ann Arbor and surrounding areas. She got a lengthy prison sentence and Taylor refused to have anything to do with her ever since.
Tanya stayed living in Ann Arbor with her father until she went to college and did an MBA in Hospitality, though the industry wasn't what she hoped it would be and she soon signed up to become a flight attendant. She remained very close with both her sister and brother, despite the fact Taylor lived in New York, they spoke all the time online or on the phone. The accident and their mother's subsequent imprisonment sent shockwaves through the whole family, but the thing that hit the hardest was that Taylor was left wheelchair-bound for life after it. He recovered well, however, determined to try to still live life to the fullest and Tanya couldn't be prouder of him.
After working domestic flights only, Tanya scored a job with American Airlines for international flights. Like her brother, Tanya's best friend, Simon Sinclair, lives in New York City. She met Simon one day at the hospital when he was an inpatient in the rehabilitation unit where Taylor still attends frequent physical therapy sessions to maintain his strength. Tanya was visiting the city and struck up a conversation with Simon in the cafeteria, who was recovering from a severe stunt driving accident. Although they had an obvious connection, Simon confided in her that he was confused about his sexuality, and pretty sure he was actually gay, so best friends was the next best thing. Recently, after making excuses not to date having been burned in the past, Simon has hooked up with successful boy band member, Lance Valentine, and Tanya couldn't be happier for him.
In fact, with her new job, she now needs to be based in New York City herself, so she has decided to make the move to be closer to Taylor and Simon (to make sure he doesn't talk himself out of the committed relationship with a popstar). It's an upheaval and a change, but she knows she's been well overdue for that and with Taylor admitting to her that he had tried to get in touch with Jace again over 10 years since the accident, she knows she needs to be on hand for sisterly moral support.