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Andrea Romano
July 12, 2017

The best things come to those who wait. Or, at least to those who can keep up the longest running Tinder joke.

Michelle Arendas, 21, and Josh Avsec, 22, are both seniors at Kent State University in Ohio. They have also been matched up on Tinder since 2014.

Normally, conversations on Tinder tend to fizzle out (or worse) much earlier than three years, but Arendas and Avsec have managed to keep their inside-Tinder-joke going up until now.

It all started when Avsec sent the first message in September 2014 with a simple “Hey Michelle.” It wasn’t until two months later that Arendas responded with a hilarious response, writing “Hey, sorry my phone died!”

Thankfully, Avsec thought it was funny. And the two have been responding to each other about every two months or so with similar “excuses” ever since.

“I was not really expecting he would message me back and play along with it. I thought my message to him would be the end of it,” Arendas told Buzzfeed.

“I didn’t think she was interested. I just took it as a joke, so every couple of months I’d check Tinder and I’d get a message,” said Avsec.

On Friday, Avsec shared a screenshot of their conversation on Twitter. Hundreds of people retweeted in support of the Avsec and Arendas getting together. They’re clearly meant for each other.

The tweet also reached Michelle Arendas herself, which surprised Avsec. They began to talk over DM on Twitter as well.

On Monday, Tinder got wind of the pair’s exchanges and decided to force their hands a little by making them an offer they couldn’t refuse: a trip to anywhere they want to go for their “epic” first date.

Avsec and Arenda chose Maui as their dream destination, and Tinder is currently coordinating plans with the pair for their first IRL encounter.

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