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The Super Friendz (circa 1994 - 1996) were:
Charles Austin - vocals & bass
Dave Marsh/Lonnie James - drums
Matt Murphy - vocals & guitar
Drew Yamada - vocals & guitar
 
 

Lyrics Index

All the lyrics were transcribed by me in what started as a quest to try and decipher Charles Austinese.
Anyway, I'm about 75% sure of my lyrical accuracy (italics were used to indicate certain uncertainty).
If you see some goofs or know how to fill in the blanks, or if you know what a "stupedory" is, please e-mail me!

Titles in light blue are sung by Matt Murphy
Titles in green are sung by Drew Yamada
Titles in purple are sung by Charles Austin


By album


By Request

Come Clean
Rescue Us From Boredom (alt.)
When They Paid Me
   

Mock Up, Scale Down

10 lbs.
Karate Man
Undertow
Down in Flames
Dear Old Ireland
Restricted
Come Clean
Rescue Us From Boredom
Fireflies
Kiss the Land
Stone Alone
Better Call
When They Paid Me
One Day  
Length of Heart
 
 


Play the Game, Not Games

Green Hand
Landing Light
Boots
Machine Green
Rescue Us From Boredom (alt.)
Half-Mast
Sorry
The Super Friendz Theme
 


Sticktoitiveness (CD)

10 lbs.
Karate Man
Undertow
Rescue Us From Boredom
One Day
Fireflies
Machine Green
Kiss the Land
Landing Light
Green Hand
Half-Mast
Restricted
Better Call
Down in Flames
Boots
Come Clean
When They Paid Me


Slide Show

Up and Running
No Good Reason
Stop-Start
Two Songs
Prattle On
Everything Writes Itself
Fooled at First
Forever a Day
Absurd Without It
Slow-Motion Blues
Citizens Banned
Star in One
Evening Sun
The World's Most Embarrassing Moment


Other Songs in Other Places


A Tribute to Hard Core Logo

Blue Tattoo  

Ladies Man in Exile (Poster Girl 7")
Mountaineer (IHL comp.)
One Day the Warner (Edgefest comp.)

By title

#

10 lbs.

A
Absurd Without It

B
Better Call  
Blue Tattoo
Bonus Track
Boots

C
Citizens Banned
Come Clean

D
Dear Old Ireland
Down in Flames

E
Evening Sun
Everything Writes Itself

F
Fireflies
Fooled at First
Forever a Day

G
Green Hand

H
Half-Mast

K
Karate Man
Kiss the Land

L
Ladies Man in Exile
Landing Light
Length of Heart


M
Machine Green
Mountaineer

N
No Good Reason

O
One Day
One Day the Warner

P
Prattle On

R
Rescue Us From Boredom
Rescue Us From Boredom (alt.)
Restricted

S
Slow-Motion Blues
Sorry
Star in One
Stone Alone
Stop-Start
The Super Friendz Theme

T
Two Songs

U
Undertow
Up and Running

W
When They Paid Me
The World's Most Embarrassing Moment






 



10 lbs.

I thought The Rodeo Song was my draw
The more the horse bucked, the deeper you'd fall
But you worked there for roots and for old ties
You were there for your friend, not the one on the rise

I wish we were adult contemporaries when we went through school
'cause I'd have hung around and I'dve walked you home from school
Your friend's the actress, don't lose 10 lbs. too
'cause you are as pretty, as pretty times two

But she doesn't come alone - she comes with a friend
and that means you, you'll come around
So bells ring and whistles blow
At least I'm alive

You take the highway in and you take it home
and I walk through patterned blocks, I cut it alone
You should never laugh at other people's jokes
'cause I fill up with pride, live my life in the hopes
I live my life in the hopes
 

Index
 

Absurd Without It

From up north there came a man
He took on the colour of his land
and turned white like a magician

I guess he got what he deserved
You know he would have looked absurd without it

He built his home out of snow and stone
Locked himself in and he lived alone
 

Index
 

Better Call

I'm the husband of Lady Chatterley
and I'm a mean and jealous thaggerly
Where does it lead me?
I know that it leads me

I work for a man who wants more than friendship
When he's passed on, surprise surrounds you
Where does it lead me?
I know that it leads me

You don't owe me anything, but you better call

He's a hat tossing giver of speeches
and he thinks he's got something to teach us
Where does it lead me?
I know that it leads me

I trust a woman who cheats her boyfriend
I trust a friend who betrays a friend
So where does it lead me?

You don't owe me anything, but you better call
 

Index  


Blue Tattoo (Hard Core Logo cover)

It hurt bad, you got it
It went right to your head
It drove you insane,
but that’s forgotten
and you can’t go on
without any pain

Hey blue tattoo on your shoulder
in the shape of a heart
in the middle of my name
and that is how I remember
all the bad things
that you could not change

Hey blue tattoo on my shoulder
in the shape of the world
in the middle of your name
and that is how I will remember
all the bad things that you took to your grave
 

Index


Boots

Are you serious?
Are you my only friend?
Are you serious?
Are you my only one?

They serve a perfect model
so I take my bottle
and I drink from their boots
on the sea of sucker suits
I don't know why, but I feel chastised when I look in their eyes
when they say I'm in trouble
I've got nothing to hide

So I go and stand with the rolled eyes
and it's a funny thing, but it's a beautiful view:
brick, wood and glass
Here's something, some money, go home tonight
 

Index
 

Citizens Banned

Faced by the flooding, the mayor took a stand
He called the chief of police and had the citizens banned

Don't check your mailbox, stay out of the bars,
pack up your baggage and get in your cars
The linens were all packed up,
visiting cousins were out of luck
And soon there was no one around
as the houses waited to drown

Mainly by force of habit,
the tourists were first to leave,
they drank the town dry
and let it grieve
And closets were emptied,
kitchens untidied
They left the streets spangled
as their lives untangled

The linens were packed up by then
and your visiting cousins had gone back where they'd been
Not a sound
as the water took the town
 

Index
 

Come Clean

She takes shells and grinds them down,
levels them into sand
What once was a home, heart and safe,
she pours from hand to hand

And he robs bells and melts them down,
pours them into bullets
What once could ring can only crack
if he decides to pull it

But you know, if you want to be free, you just have to ask to
And you know, if you want to come clean, you really don't have to

The nights are lean and the days are fat
with guilt and reservation
Sleep won't come the whole night through
warns the radio station

And empty halls and country songs
and 23 skidoo
You had your voice, you knew it would raise
the price ____________

No, if you want to come clean, you really don't
And you know, if you want to come clean, you really don't have to
 

Index
 

Dear Old Ireland

Sharpen your knives in a ship by the sea,
the wind whipping through the holes in the screen
You have come to see him in these darkened times,
drawn till you finish your Mariner's rime

So come on, come on, come on - live the right time
So come on, come on, come on - give me the right time

Now picture a man on a boat on a land
brush white paint chips off his dark summer tan
I can feel the nausea coming on
The boat won't rock without a sing along

On the horn, you could only stare
Your mystic voyage is sucking air
Heartaches were plenty and the pleasures were few
Turn coal into gold and old into new

Imagine you're pulling the cloth from the loom
She clings to the drapes in her TV room
'Cause she's up all night by candlelight
losing her sight of why she waits on you
 

Index
 

Down in Flames

You could come over anytime
You could smash all my windows, set my house on fire
You might as well take my TV
I don't really care what happens to me

People talk about fun - that's overrated
I spot it coming along, I move around it

When I go down in flames
will you be there?
Don't speak to me unless to say
that you will remember

You can take what's left of me,
put it into a jar and pickle me in alcohol
Keep me up above your fireplace
When you're at a loss for words, I'm your conversation piece

You say you've got plans hanging pictures
I'm gonna get mine too, just do it different than you
 

Index
 

Evening Sun

See the sun is going down
and see it falling underneath the ground;
a line that divides night and day

When you're walking through the trees
beside the Highway #43,
look for the hidden door: night and day

But everything is far away when you are not here
There are no words I can say that won't disappear

I know words will fail me, I know words will fail
Don't lose your nerve
in the lonely places of the world
 

Index
 

Everything Writes Itself

I licked the stamp to send along
a love for her I knew was wrong
I don't need to be forgiven

It was Saturday, the dream came true
I held a different side of you
By Friday I was feeling better

Everything writes itself in the end
and this sure ain't no different

Through tired lines
she said, "We've tried hard,
so why try harder?"

The well was dry, or, maybe me
She broke the chain and set me free
I hate myself because I let her
 

Index
 

Fireflies

I'm like a dust storm when I come into a room
You know the things I've noticed
like the way you fold your hands

After all, I feel like
And you seem likely to prove
In the most forgotten _______
like a jiprock parachute

I'm like a waning moon
on the leeward side of some landmass 
I'm a radial matchstick
You know the things I've noticed
like the way you close your eyes

Deep in my cellar
I found you like a firefly
In amongst the furniture there
you've terminated in my mind
 

Index
 

Fooled At First

There's a world that's blue; I've seen it too
Don't turn around, I think it's right behind you

I went to look for you,
a place where nothing moved
_______'s got a funny ______
I could have sworn I knew

I thought it was winter
But outside it's summertime

That's when all of the people feel alright
and they don't care about nothing for _______

Memories. What good are these?
I want to live for something real
 

Index
 

Forever A Day

Put the kettle on and pour another one
There's a river running through your brain
and thoughts are splashing in the pouring rain
Looks like it's fishing time again

I don't pity you, I'm not kidding you
There's a squeaky voice deep in your head
He's dropping his Gs like they were lead,
poisoning the things you read about the forms
and the fear of the postal strike
But what's way down low
and what you never show
will be with you forever a day

Stick it on the ground, there a spring was found
You must have a sink inside your heart
She's in her cell up against the wall . . .
hey, why don't you give her a call?

Turn inside out, simply come about
Let these pots and pans smash you a path
It's time you stepped into the light
The upshot: don't ask
what would the loved ones say
if they come through your house today
Remember, if you're dead of the things they've read
will be with you forever a day

Oh but what would the loved ones say
if they come through your nest today
Remember, if you're dead of the things they've read
will be with you forever and a day
 

Index
 

Green Hand

I remember, distantly, the day you showed me your green hand
swollen up and tattooed, so you'd hide it
And when you act like that, yeah, yeah
When you act like that, yeah, yeah

I don't know what I expect
It isn't that hand or your behaviour
I didn't think that should get you so excited

And you'd act so unaware
I'm not acting like I don't care

I know that your green hand
means more to you than we'll understand
That's why we wrote you this here plan
And all the things you say
don't mean as much the very next day
That's why you have got that hand
 

Index
 

Half-Mast

You watched the flag come down
They folded it, but let it hit the ground
And you were so uninspired
when you sang the anthem with the choir
And I can sympathize
with anyone who tries

I joined the last parade
at the back with the pitchers and underpaid
But this they said they would not stand:
you up front marching in the twirling band
It rained so hard that day
the marshall lost his way
he led the floats astray

In the months that were to follow
I tried to stay in bed
and live my life under the covers

Sun broke and began to sweat
at the Rotary, the two ends finally met
Exchanging unpleasantries,
swapping swag and opportunities
And no one could outlast
the detonation blast,
the death of all our souls,
the injured dreams on coals

In the months that were to follow
I tried to stay in bed
and live my life under the covers
away from motions, away from covers

It's only life that will bring you down
and nervousness that keeps you 'round
Of all the dreams about my past
I always dreamed that this would last
 

Index
 

Karate Man

Karate Man, Karate Man
Dressed in plainclothes, no one knows who you are
Karate Man, you stepped into the bar
looking for the skinhead boys who pushed your brother too far

Karate Man, Karate Man
You never threw a punch, your knowledge & confidence & power are more than enough
Karate Man, your brother feels ashamed,
but you brought honour and you stuck it to your family name

Karate Man, Karate Man
Stepped into a dark, dark bar, but no one even knows who you are
Karate Man, though you never threw a punch,
your knowledge and confidence are more than enough
 

Index
 

Kiss the Land

I feel we're in for hard times
Bad times are better for sure
Do you long for sunrise shorelines?
Kiss the mountains good-bye

Two thousand miles can't change my latitude
I shiver to fits; you shiver to bits
But that's enough to keep a light at night
So one of us calls, till one of us calls

Our love is a cruel deformity
Your head on my satisfied mind
Your thoughts come cooling metal
Down this electric dial

I don't want to taste the salt of your lonely life
'Cause it's all I've ever known
I just want to kiss the land
that you got me to
I just want to kiss the land

You're breaking good news, what could it be?
You're __________ and now you're so proud
I'm just as free as I ever was
You know that I'm down to watch you come down

Is our love hot ferocity
or just a sack of ash?
To scatter on open ocean
A pinch for every dash
 

Index
 

Landing Light

The plane won't come in
Your signal's down
You must sit in your position

The pilot hears the turning gears
The plane, it nears
the target here

Hooray, hooray - it's away
and now I turn around
Make sure the landing light is on the ground

The sky's blue skin, a northwest red
The sun goes down
and night rolls around

The pilot veers, it's dark in here
What have I done?
It's dark in here
 

Index  


Length of Heart

Well I'd admit there is the chance
we've already gone the length of your heart
'cause you're out having a whale of a time
and I'm not getting used to that

You see, you come to mind
at the awkwardest times
And like a threadbare sweater before winter weather
I'm looking for traces of you

I scan the ice flows for ambergris
hoping to trap in it the smell of you
But the last time you came to me
your skin had already been perfumed

And you come to mind at the obvious times
but it's not likely I'm going to find you
in the evenings or in the afternoons
in the drawn out distance of longing and latitude

So I'll disengage this clutch and grab technique
and I'll find something else to occupy my mind
and when it's said and done, I do believe it will be true
I'll be better off not thinking of you

I do believe I will be relieved
when I'm finally through
I'll be better off without you
 

Index

 

Machine Green

First they break you and they take you to heart,
double boil your vision just to spoil the art
and like every sausage is a link in the chain
if you start eating now, you'll have to try it again

So tell me, who's your favourite author? Mine's Graham Greene
He started with the start and kept his sentences lean
Lean like a sub machine and I lie awake with the question mark
Singing la la la la la la la - when I hit the bottle, I lost my spark

He's an old drinking buddy with a very good laugh
He hit on his wife and he fired his staff
So if you've got to go and answer, you're out of luck with him
and if she don't talk to brandy, she may talk with some gin

So tell me, who's your favourite player? Mine was Joe Greene
He played up the middle and his nickname was mean
That's the name of his team: mean
Yeah, it's the name of his game

So tell me, who's your favourite singer? Mine was Al Green
He sang with his heart, that's how he kept his steam
like a soul machine and I lie awake with the question mark
Singing la la la la la la la - when I hit the bottle, I lost my spark
 

Index
 

No Good Reason

With all my trouble behind me
I better feel better inside me,
and smile just in case
The world must be a pretty good place
I don't think about my mistakes -
there are buttons to erase
things I done wrong, so I'll just get on with it

Now is the season to have no reason

One season says we're not ever on the same end

Now I've got no reason to complain
Now I've got nothing to say
besides I've gone fishing,
played more records by Jonathan Richman
and never ever spent time alone
or waste it staring out the window
Pain is in the mind
You look around, that's what you'll find
 

Index
 

One Day

One day I was so rocked upon your waves that I went overboard
I put aside my pride in my path, and besides, there was money in it
But we forgot that favour was a favour and not a money saver
I bet you wish you had never

One day between the city and the country
I made the same mistake twice
 

Index
 

Prattle On

She was hipper than most, she had the Cinnamon Toast
45s and not a single 33
She felt deeper than most because she had been coast to coast
and Paris when she was only seventeen
Now she was back and wanting understanding,
he turned twenty-three
Is that a lifetime when you're the car behind?

He used to take her to town on the words that he found
on the blackboards at university
But she never let on that she knew all along
the distance from truth to honesty
He was young in want of understanding
like most apes his age
He'd prattle on about some rusty cage

But in his mind was another time
In her heart was a love like mine

She thought she was the queen of his dreams
but he only fantasized
And now when she looks back, he's only a knapsack,
a red shirt and a pair of black jeans
When he was sad, he used to sink down beside her
and roll up those sleeves
He'd cock his head and start to moan

Because in his mind was another time
In her heart was a love like mine
 

Index
 

Rescue Us From Boredom

Can we talk to you?
You're cool beyond repair
We love you
He just stared and smirked, doing a cool jerk,
said you kids can make me sick
I'd like to see you try
Don't you know my life is such a drag to me?
All this heavy metal, all this heavy irony
I want to be back home watching my TV

I don't love you
why you love me

We need you to rescue us from boredom

Drove two hundred miles
My clothes were out of style by the time we arrived
And Davy got so high;
he slept through half the show in the back of the car
The first thing that I did
I went home, got my records, started smashing them
Dad was so uptight,
he saw a chance to fight,
said, "I really don't know why we love you."

Why we love you

There's no one to rescue you from boredom
 

Index
 

Rescue Us From Boredom (alternate Play the Game . . . version)

Can we talk to you?
You're cool beyond repair
Cool beyond repair
He just stared and smirked, doing a cool jerk,
said you could make me sick
I'd like to see you try
Don't you know my life is no big deal to me?
It's just heavy metal and heavy irony
I want to be back home watching my TV

I don't love you
why you love me

We need you to rescue us from boredom

Drove two hundred miles
My clothes were out of style by the time that we arrived
And Davy got so high,
slept through half the show in the back of the car
The first thing that I did
Went home, got my records, started smashing them
It was real uptight,
it was a chance to fight
Said I really don't know why I love you

Why I love you

No one to rescue you from boredom
 

Index
 

Restricted

Tell you something that's stupid, _____
and this will get some laughs
I'd paint the main stripe at social functions
if I didn't make the gaffes

'Cause it would seem that you're in luck, here
I'm capable of small, small talk
But try not to think about that
Remember, try not to think at all

Did you really feel that I'd get over that?
After all, I was falling down

After I've been into the drink
I find it hard not to lie
See this scar on my arm from a Great Dane?
See this one above my eye?

Well you've got a face I'd lie to
more easily than most I've seen
So try not to drink too much, dear
Maybe try not to drink at all

Did you really think that I'd remember that?
After all, I was falling down

And when you're alone, you'll be putting your night self on
The one that gets lonely, the one that gets lonely
And touching the scar on your back like a relief map
to make sure it's there, to make sure it's real

The one that's lonely
The one that gets real
 

Index
 

Slow-Motion Blues

They found the New World at night on a Wednesday
After so many wrong turns, they found it anyway
But how can you discover
something that's not covered yet?

Was it just a happy accident?

I was reading a cool magazine on an airplane
I saw the river below in a blue vein
It flowed along in slow motion, what you don't know,
off in the woods all alone

Folks, they want to act deranged
They can't stand things when they've changed
They're no fun when they act this way

Forget what you read, forget what you heard
The new world starts right here
 

Index
 

Sorry

(Spoken intro): We're going to close with a cover song by the Easybeats , and this is called "Sorry" and then we're going to do our jam called "The Super Friendz Theme" and that should take us to the hour and . . . thanks very much.
 

Index
 

Star in One

It's a two minute procedure:
a hand shake and a head fake
with your name and your face
I'm not sure it's my place
Well it's a shame that you're embarrassed by my claim
I'm down when you're out, and that bothers you, no doubt

When you star in one, I wish I was like that
That could be my name, that could be my face
and I wouldn't be out of place
But it's a fact: I'm not cool and I'm not like that
I'm not where it's at

If you want to hang around, then the first step is down
If you want to step up, then you're out of luck

Was it better to sneak a drunk with the high school hunk?
I like games just the same, but it's a bit late for change
It would be a good start if you could manage the length of heart
to get down with a clown
I'd like to have you around
 

Index
 

Stone Alone

Get me out of here tonight
I'll help you steal a car, show me how to drive
Make no mistake, I'm looking to get lost
Let's do something stupid for once, just because

Why should I wait for winter to come on?
Don't want to sit inside my room stone alone
Now we are seeing all our dreams fill
Most of them are bad ones - that's something we can't help

They call it a dog's life
It's not so bad, I guess
The hardest part you'll find
is to run with the chain around your neck
 

Index
 

Stop-Start

Well you are one of the finest fellows
but you're one hell of a liar
You don't say what you want,
you steal from me my kind intentions

Sometimes you wonder where's my mind
because I never speak it
It's up to you to read
a thousand gems not worth repeating

And we're going nowhere, just like Tristram Shandy
and we picked the wrong time to prove ourselves so handy

This stop-start-stay-let's go
Let's lose these everlasting lows
This crash course chemistry
has fusions melting inside of me

That's right - I may take you for advantage,
that's because I've been having such a hard time
And that's the way with me;
I don't imagine you'd ever understand, right?

This stop-start-stay-let's go
Let's lose these everlasting lows
This crash course chemistry
has visions deeply dividing me

Our look's been good, but pass the salt
He's reaching for another fault
Light the past, and let burn
what we know for them to learn
 

Index
 

The Super Friendz Theme

(Instrumental) 
 

Index
 

Two Songs

It couldn't happen in West Virginia - the air is too clean there
and having never been to Wheeling , I can't say for sure, but I have a feeling
that it's heaven on earth, for what it's worth
I couldn't find my life there, and I couldn't stay there

It must have happened in Tuscon, 'cause something convinced me
anything can go wrong within that city
They say it's heaven on earth, for what it's worth
I couldn't find my heart there, and I don't care

So Hanestown, who's the last one you'd expect to be the first thing on your mind?
Curse the beauty two songs away when you go to sleep and when you wake

He believed that she received
She denied and he complied

They say it's heaven on earth, for what it's worth
I couldn't find the time there, the extra time
 

Index
 

Undertow

It was late last summer
that you got caught in the undertow
It carried you four miles offshore
to a rock where you spent the fall

Didn't think that you would last the winter
and decided to learn how to swim
But you wouldn't quit smoking
and so the undertow kept pulling you in

You were too scared to sleep, I hear
because of those arctic nights
They can last six weeks, I guess
and you were scared you couldn't dream that long

Got thinking of high school then
and all your non-conformist views
You should have stuck to your guns, my friend
That would have been better for you

Didn't you think it was strange to build a home out of rock and wreckage,
broken bits and fuselage you find washed up on the shore

The same day you disappeared
we all had a search party for you
We followed a trail of popcorn
that you still had when you'd left that film

You hit the Bermuda Triangle then
with its weeds and its aliens
But you were feeding on blue-green algae
and Manitoba water hens
 

Index
 

Up And Running

I'm not so jazzed about it
Cause I just get razzed about
landing on your front door in Toronto

And I can't bring me around you,
not with these fools around
It seems they're always winking at each other

My friends, they don't believe me;
they think I've just conceived you,
you're just a figure in my fiction
But they don't get the letters you send,
the phone bills at months end
You're just a feature in this here fantasy

But it's up and running
so why stop it now?

If they interrogate me
I will disintegrate,
giving up the secrets of our nation

So don't trust me to completely,
I don't wish to complete
the plans we lay when we're bound together

And you don't want to hear about it
from anybody else's mouth
'cause after all, you're going home

It's up and running
Yeah, it's up
so why stop it now?
 

Index
 

When They Paid Me

I try so hard, so nothing seems to work for me
But I'm so serious; I take it all so seriously
Too bad for me my time is just time
and all the money in the world isn't mine

I've got a whole new set of fans
I'm making sure all my time's well spent
Can't afford to wait for anyone
Yeah, I know it's going nowhere,
doesn't mean I got it going

But I could not do it when they paid me
My failure to come through - that's my favourite favour

I know some day, I'll cancel myself out
When I try, you know I do everything at once
I'm a walking contradiction
I'd really like to take you somewhere

But I could not do it when they paid me
My failure to come through - that's the coolest failure
I could not do it when they paid me
My failure to come through - that's my favourite failure
 

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The World's Most Embarassing Moment

I used to be embarrassed by everything
I used to be embarrassed for everything, but now I don't mind
I used to be embarrassed for everyone
I used to be embarrassed by everyone, but now I just hide
'Cause eventually, I would have been in my grave
with a very red face and no chance to explain

The world is falling and we can't change a thing
We will run through water and we won't lose our trail
The end is coming, the end is moving in,
so when we're taught, "Be what you're like," be who you are until then

I used to have a shotgun for my mouth
I used to have a shotgun for my mouth, but now I don't fire
'Cause the lies that I told wouldn't be lies anymore,
they'd be perfect works of art and that's the way they were meant

The world is falling and we can't change a thing
We will run through water and we won't leave a trail
The end is coming, the end is moving in,
so when we're taught, "Be what you're like," be who you are until then
 

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This page created on September 10, 2000
Last updated, March 23, 2003
though I suspect this page is just a figure in my fiction