#sff story during April. May Rose is the main character (🧑🏽 they/them pronouns).
"Welcome to Budding Manor."
May Rose lead the young ladies from the marked-off area to the path. "From here you can see the front gate. It locks to the outside. Should you decide to walk out, you'll find you cannot return. But it does open. This is not a prison. Staying here is a choice. You all volunteered to come, and are of the age of consent according to the laws of your homeland and time period. I give instructions, not orders. If you decide not to follow the instructions, leaving is an option. Your original fate is always available."
It didn't matter how often May saw it from the outside, that any structure of this size could exist still took their breath for a moment. May doubted the girls would understand. They were from a time and place where everywhere structures stood whole and tall, or so May had heard. It was hard to imagine rubble ever being something greater.
May opened the double doors. "This is the main entrance and foyer. Though you are always welcome to use it, we mainly gather here when company is expected."
They went up the grand staircase and down a long hallway. "This lounge marks the entrance to my quarters. You're always welcome to knock on my door, and to sit here until invited in. As you can see by this indicator, I'm not presently in my quarters."
May waited for the group to all acknowledge what was said. It felt pointless, as they were still settling their minds. Still, it was a prudent part of the required tour. May motioned to the next hall.
"Here are your rooms. You will see a digital screen with your likeness and your new names. Once you touch it, the biometrics will link, and Budding Manor will know where you are as long as you live here."
"New names?" One girl asked.
"To be detailed after you've gathered yourselves. Please, go to your doors. Touch your screens. Once you are registered, go inside and acquaint yourself with your surroundings. There is time to nap, bathe, and dress. A display inside will countdown to our next activity."
All but one member of the group managed the task. May approached the young lady with wide, round, innocent eyes and golden hair loosely braided on either side of her head.
"My hand isn't registering."
May examined her hand. There was so much filth she might as well be from the present.
"I see. Fear not, I can solve this." May touched the screen. "Override unlock, instructor May Rose."
The door opened. A peaceful tone chimed. "May is here to see you, Jade," a voice from the room announced.
"Oh, cool! Is that one of those virtual assistants of the clouds?"
May shrugged as they entered. "The manor does what it does. The overlords set it up. I know how to use it, but not what it is or how it exists. Now, how about if we clean you up?"
May watched as Jade spun around the room. The joy in her frolicking filled May with a new feeling, a pleasant feeling. What good could come of feeling like this for one of the charges?
"Please come, wash your hands in your sink. I need to register you."
"My sink? I have a whole sink? To myself?" Jade came over and put her hands under the faucet. She jabbed them back and forth.
"I don't think it likes me."
May reached into the sink. The water flowed. Moving behind Jade, May eased her hands into the moisture. Once wet, soap was added.
"So many bubbles! I don't think I've ever been this clean. Thank you for helping me." Jade leaned back against May.
Question: Do you ever have trouble getting touchless motion sensor items (sinks, hand dryers, toilets, doors, lights, etc) to recognize your personhood and come on?