Posted September 07, 2018 17:14:31 “We were always joking, joking around and laughing,” says Mark.
“We didn’t have much of a relationship but we knew we had something special and it was something we wanted to share with everyone.”
Mark was a teenager in the early 2000s, when his friends and family moved to the city for work.
The young Mark, who lived in an upstairs apartment in the suburb of Chicago, got to know the area better and got to meet a few of his new friends.
He joined a club called the Wicker Park Boys, where the word “wicker” was the only word he could use in the club.
“It was the coolest place in the whole world, and the only place you could meet like-minded people,” he recalls.
“We had a lot of fun,” says David, who moved to Chicago in the late 2000s to be closer to his friends in the city.
“The nightlife was a lot more fun, but it was also a little bit more lonely.”
“We were happy, we were in love, we had fun, and it all got really, really real,” says John.
Mark and David both started hanging out at the club and began to develop relationships with a number of other clubgoers.
One day, they were both talking about how they wanted to be able to walk into the club with their friends and have their friends be able, if they so wished, to get to know them.
They went into the lounge and found themselves in a club, but they weren’t there to hang out.
They got their friend to bring a group of people to the club for a drink.
The drinks were mixed and the bar was not exactly big but it wasn’t crowded, so they were able to make a drink of their own.
“That’s when I realised, this is a great opportunity to have a group experience.
We can go to different places, we can go on our own, but we can have people there with us,” says Matt.
But there were a couple of problems.
“You have to be really careful when you do this.
If there’s too much noise and it’s not quiet, then you don’t really know what’s going on,” says Simon.
Simon and Mark went on their own for a couple more nights.
Eventually, they went back to the Wickers and decided to start over again.
“The next time we went, we went to a bar, and we had a group there.
And we didn’t want to be at the Wicks, so we decided to go to a club instead,” says Peter.
Mark’s first trip to the bar became a nightmarish one.
He got into a fight with a girl and had to be taken to the hospital.
He was later found unconscious in his own apartment.
“He was just very upset, and he was very confused,” says Sam.
“I remember telling him I would call him back the next day and he didn’t answer.”
When Mark woke up, he was still unconscious and unable to move his arms.
“When he woke up I told him, ‘Don’t move.
It’s very bad.
We need to get you out of there’,” says Sam, adding, “We had to do what we had to.
We had to get him out of the hospital.”
But the next time they went to the bars, they met a woman, and Mark started to have sex with her.
“He was really distressed, he had been in the hospital a couple times and we were like, ‘We need to go and see her’,” says Simon, adding that they went out and bought drinks and food and spent time together.
“It’s one of those things where it’s just one thing after another and I can’t believe we got through it, but I can still see the tears rolling down his face.
And I remember saying, ‘There’s not much we can do, but at least we’re doing something,'” says Simon of his friend’s suicide.
The following week, they started working together again, and they went shopping together and went on trips together.
When Mark went back home, he became extremely anxious.
“And then he had a breakdown and was out of his mind,” says Pete.
“I was like, he can’t be out of control.”
“He could have hurt anybody, he could have killed anybody.
He didn’t care about anything,” says Nathan.
“Even though he did have a history of mental health issues, he did care about other people.”
Pete had a few things to say to Mark, but he could not understand why Mark was doing this.
“Why didn’t you tell me that you were suicidal?” he says.
“Why didn.t you tell anyone?”
“I just thought, well, if he was in that state, why wouldn’t I just tell him to go home?” says Nathan, who now works