Two long-lost siblings have been reunited after 16 years apart via Tinder, after—one surmises—looking approvingly at each other’s photos and thinking, Hmm, I’d like to see where this goes.

Their flirtation never reached Maury-levels—hence the enthusiastic media blitz—but the pair were intrigued enough to both swipe right, a universal code for “this guy has less bathroom selfies than most” and “hey, she’s got all her teeth.”

They apparently grew up apart after their parents divorced; their father took his twin sons to Belgium while their mother kept her daughter with her in the Netherlands. Via Mic:

De Vries, now 24, eventually moved back to the Netherlands for school, and in March, like any other young adult, joined Tinder and started swiping.

“The first time I swiped her profile I had absolutely no idea,” de Vries told Mic. “To be honest, it hasn’t been on my mind in the past few years after Maarten, my brother, and I finished a failed search for Josephine a few years ago.”

And yet he happened to swipe right, assuming Egberts was just a nice stranger. So de Vries started talking to her like anyone else. “In our first conversation I was actually flirting with her so the conversation was very superficial,” he said.

Eventually things got weird.

“In our next conversation, I started to get some clues and figured she might actually be my sister,” Erik told Mic. “This kind of shocked me, so I decided not to contact her for a few days.”

Now they’re all cool and catching up and getting to know one another again, but they’ll probably just tell the kids they met at a friend’s birthday party.

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