#252 ‘What are you doing, Gio?’


Maud is desperately looking for a new home and for a moment she thought she had found her dream palace. She would then live with the new flame of her ex Tommy, but she took that for granted. Tommy played along nicely, but Gio thought it was a crazy idea. When Gio and Maud enjoy the first beautiful day at the beach, she suddenly receives an email from Charlie: “After I heard from your current partner last week that you are Tommy’s ex, I think it’s better if you go looking to another house.”

“What is this again!” I shout, apparently so loudly that I hear from the toilet cubicle next to me whether everything is going well. “It’s all right!” I call back, but meanwhile I burst with anger. Gio somehow reached out to Charlie and told her I’m Tommy’s ex!? Charlie closes her email saying she’s sorry and hopes we can continue to interact normally. She has added a link of another home that is also available, but I don’t even want to open the link.

On high legs I storm towards Gio. It’s that the bulky sand is so heavy, otherwise I would have run to him. “What are you doing right now Gio? So I really don’t like it when people sort things out behind my back, don’t you think I could have solved this myself? I’m tired of it!” screaming so loud that I look like a fishwife. Gio is amazed and I don’t even give him time to answer. I gather my things and run to the nearest beach bar.

Once I’ve come to my senses with an ice-cold rosé, I realize I may have been a little too bright. In retrospect I should have just calmly asked Gio what was going on, but what do I do? Like a little kid I start yelling at him and embarrassing him in the middle of a crowded beach! I’m ashamed and I can’t hold back my tears. I also have to get my period and then I’m just extra fast emo. Just when I want to call Rochella, Gio walks up. “Hey nerd, can I join you? Maybe we can talk quietly now?”, he says. I have to laugh and cry at the same time. “Sorry, I was bad huh? You didn’t deserve this…”

Gio sits down and explains to me that Charlie still knew from his studies. She is twenty kilos lighter and looks very different from ten years ago. Gio had not immediately recognized her at first. “Maud, I meet so many people, I didn’t realize she was Charlie. Until I got a message from her on Facebook. She asked how serious we were and then I explained that I’m madly in love with you, but it’s not official yet. However? Anyway, I actually couldn’t bear that you were going to live with your ex and I told her that. Sorry.”

I still think it’s a bit of a vague story and I don’t understand why Gio didn’t just tell me this earlier. On the other hand, I can understand it a bit, if I’m honest I wouldn’t find it very cool myself. I don’t want to let this stand between us, but this is the second fight in a week and I’m suddenly overwhelmed with some kind of fear. Isn’t it all moving too fast between us? Gio seems to be able to read my mind. „Maud, you can learn to communicate and I think we both have something to learn. I haven’t been in a relationship for so long, you’re a bit better in a relationship, but sometimes I just wonder if you want to be with me.”

Gio suggests that we see each other less in the coming week so that we can both sort things out. I’m not sure if that’s a good plan, but I don’t have an alternative either. The rest of the afternoon we drink some wine at the beach bar and once at Gio’s home we both fall asleep like a log.

The next morning I woke up at 6 am out of panic. My house search starts all over again and I get nervous at the idea. I decide to go for a run so that I can temporarily run away from my problems. Then I get fresh juices for Gio and me. He’s still asleep and maybe that’s for the best, before I burst into tears again. Then I cycle to the office extra early. On the way I call my brother to ask if I can sleep with him for the next week. “Sure, it’s a mess! But this is really just your house. I’ll sleep with mom for a few days, then you’ll have the house to yourself,” says my brother.

It’s not often that I’m the first one at the office and the editor-in-chief is surprised when she sees me first. We chat about the weekend and then suddenly she picks up her phone. “Say Maud, I wanted to ask you something else, but have you seen this yet?”

Maud (23) likes to party and travel. She recently started working as an editor for a magazine. Her relationship with her boyfriend Tommy has just ended and Maud is looking for a new home in Amsterdam. Every week you read her adventures in a new episode from Maud’s Night Book.

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#252 ‘What are you doing, Gio?’