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A couple of our all-time favorite TV Detectives have just given us one giant clue into the mystery of whether or not they’re still close off-screen friends.

For 12 seasons, Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni played kick-butt crime-fighting partners Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Together, they solved countless murder mysteries and put a bunch of really bad guys behind bars with ease, charm, and a whole lot of chemistry.

After the 12th season, Meloni decided to leave the show, thereby collectively breaking the hearts of millions of fans of the duo. While Hargitay continues to do an amazing job and is prepping for her return in the show’s 18th (!!!) season, fans of the show have definitely missed their unique dynamic.

Well, it seems the partners-in-crime-fighting are still good friends even if their days of side-by-side mystery solving are done. They both tweeted pictures recently of their hangouts, making SVU fans everywhere squeal with delight.

First, there’s Meloni’s adorable tweet that shows a happy Hargitay smiling back by his side.

And, without even needing to call in for back up, Hargitay was right there with her partner again tweeting another adorable picture of the two together.

These two clearly aren’t hiding many secrets behind their content faces. It’s obvious the long-time friends and TV partners still very much enjoy each other’s company. Seeing them together makes you want to call up your best buddy and just remind them that they’re awesome and you’re grateful to know them.

Of course, these two tweets are fueling rumors that Meloni may return to the show for at least a cameo, but he continues to deny them. For now, it seems we’ll just have to enjoy this Benson and Stabler reunion off-screen, which is just fine by us.