Had to post a progress pic. Still working on it, but I needed a break for a little while.
I missed a chance to Skype with the friend; his family threw a huge party, and everybody Skype-d with him, except us, because we were late. His mom told me that when they sang happy birthday to him (it was his twenty-first birthday) he kinda tore up. It'll be two years in January since we have seen him, and we won't see him anytime in the near future, and we missed our chance. It's kinda maddening.
I want to finish this and send it to him as soon as possible.