The portrait that emerged from Martin’s cell phone mirrors his disciplinary trouble at school. According to his text messages, Martin consumed marijuana, possibly was growing it or around growers, had an illegal handgun in his possession once, and flirted with buying a Revolver 22.
This routine of intense playing, without sleeping or eating or going to class lasted for three or four months. My close group of friends soon disappeared—I’d get the occasional text saying, Let’s go to the KPL party tonight! Which, of course, I never responded to.