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A friendship made on a cruise ship 12 years ago, broken after the pair didn’t exchange information. Until now.
In 2006 Brianna Cry, now a student at Hampton University, was on a dinner cruise in Hawaii when she met another young girl. The two hit it off since there weren’t many kids on the ship.
On Saturday Cry, 19, decided to reach out and find her long lost friend, so she turned to the only logical place: Twitter.
She shared a photo of the pair along with a plea for help.
“Hey twitter, I met this girl on a dinner cruise in Hawaii in 2006. We were basically bestfriends for that night so I need y’all to help me find my bestfriend cause I miss her and I need to see how she’s doing now,” she wrote.
Hey twitter, I met this girl on a dinner cruise in Hawaii in 2006. We were basically bestfriends for that night so I need y’all to help me find my bestfriend cause I miss her and I need to see how she’s doing now. Please retweet this so we can be reunited. pic.twitter.com/LRtk6ClvV3— Bri (@briannacry) November 24, 2018
After less than 24 hours and about 91,000 retweets, Twitter user @heii_tree reached out.
Heard you were looking for me~ pic.twitter.com/Dz4z1wapRv— heii (@heii_tree) November 24, 2018
They both were in total shock that the search party worked. @heii_tree said she hadn’t been on Twitter in ages.
Bruhhh it’s been literal years since I was last on Twitter and the first thing I see is a search party for my ass 😂😂😂— heii (@heii_tree) November 24, 2018
YALL I FOUND HER WTF!! TWITTER IS LITERALLY AMAZING— Bri (@briannacry) November 24, 2018
And Twitter lost its mind.
Bro they actually found each other 😭 pic.twitter.com/pnlzc4nX7W— Dreea🐢 (@_lakiyaa) November 25, 2018
NAH TWITTER THE GREATEST APP pic.twitter.com/ppLpffn6zf— Jay Squidz イカ⚜ (@SQUlDZ) November 24, 2018
This is the sweetest thing ever! How insane 🥰 you have to meet up and Reenact the picture (Outfits and all)— Flowergem (@Flowergem3) November 25, 2018
She found her pic.twitter.com/4Fmxey93AW— Dre (@Darkshadez88) November 25, 2018
@heii_tree said she was busy doing schoolwork, but wanted to keep up with the Twitter insanity.
I wanted to finish my sociology essay today but I guess that isn’t happening 😂😂😂— heii (@heii_tree) November 24, 2018
Now they want to meet up. But @heii_tree says she’s not in the financial spot to take any big trips right now.
Cry told BuzzFeed that although they’re in school on opposite sides of the country, the two do hope to get together.
When that finally happens, they have major plans. Like @heii_tree plans on wearing the same dress from the dinner cruise.
I still have the dress!! My mom gave me hers, so I wear it sometimes 💞— heii (@heii_tree) November 25, 2018
There is a GoFundMe making the rounds that claims to be collecting funds to get the two together, but both women say they have nothing to do with it and it’s a scam.
We can’t wait to see what happens when they actually meet up after all these years! We’re waiting—and definitely hoping for a photo reenactment.
Elizabeth VanMetre is a reporter based in Wyoming. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared on ETOnline, the New York Daily News, Yahoo Travel, and more. She hosts a local morning show in Wyoming.