It was the opening morning of the Fracton Faire.
“Such a merry atmosphere!” said Lady Di of Ameter. She and Sir Cumference strolled jauntily through the crowds with their friend Reginald Parton, the Earl of Fracton.
The two men stopped to watch a sword swallower while Lady Di wandered over to a cloth merchant’s booth. She ran her hand over a length of fabric. “How perfectly soft!” she exclaimed.
The merchant smiled. “You can buy all or part,” she said, pointing to the sign above her.
“What do those numbers mean?” Lady Di asked.
“They’re Fracton numbers, my lady,” the woman answered. “They are used to measure equal pieces of something, such as this beautiful cloth.”