Unfortunately, I had to send it back "no matter the condition", and so we did. :( Boo. His little "plant" traveled to school and back home. I was quite surprised they sent the dirt home, but whatever. So there it sat in a little ziplock back on my kitchen counter awaiting disposal.
Lucky for Steve, I'm a bit slow in throwing things away and in a miraculous turn of events, Steve has risen! And he's a twin! We now have two little seedlings growing. I was just about to throw the cup out when I noticed them.
Hmmm...they may want to check the germination time for next year's plant project, as I don't think a week is enough for this particular seedling, HA!
All this to say....VICTORY IS MINE!!! IT DID GROW!!!