As it turned out, Nathan and I returned to the studio the next evening and indeed the piece was finished. Mind you, we still had to spend most of the night allowing the kiln to cool down before we dared remove my precious art piece from within. I'm pleased to say, it came out perfectly. It was everything I wanted it to be.
"It's beautiful," Nathan told me inside our shared space.
"I wouldn't have been able to finish it without your help," I replied. "I wish I could thank you properly..."
"How do you mean?" he replied curiously.
"You know, giving you a huge hug and all that," I told him, shrugging our shoulders.
Next thing I knew we were face to face again, inside his mind once more. We were surrounded by fleeting images of his memories again, and this time I caught a few glimpses of our working on my sculpture.
Meanwhile, Nathan opened his arms and I quickly did the same.