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Tribune photo by Ashley White Rose Hartwig reads a book written by her friend Gavin Hill. The two have have known each other for 16 years but have never met. They talk every day through their computer hookup. "Gavin and I are going to meet," Hartwig says. "I know there will be a day soon when I can look into his eyes and he can look into mine."

Two Internet pen pals, two countries apart, hold out hope that after 16 years of friendship they may actually one day meet face-to-face

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ose Hartwig and Gavin Hill have known each other for 16 years. They speak every day. Sometimes it's a quick e-mail, other times it's a four-hour phone call. They finish each other's sentences like they can read minds and laugh hysterically at jokes only the two of them would understand. They're best friends. Soulmates, they say.

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They've just never met in person.

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