A/N: One of the most amusing things about this bit is, Kirito’s skills here are totally canon. No Kayaba involvement whatsoever….
On guard by the door, Klein cast an incredulous glance their way. “No way could it be that easy.”
“Heh.” Kirito scratched the back of his head, sheepish, and tried to duck away from Asuna’s knowing smile. “It doesn’t matter how good your security is. Computers still have to be used by people. And doctors aren’t computer experts. So… there are holes.”
“And you’re just that good.” Asuna’s eyes sparkled with mischief. “How good are you?”
“Um….” He shouldn’t. He really shouldn’t. But – it was Asuna. “Mom says I’m the youngest person to hack my own Juki Net account.”
“You hacked Juki Net?” Checking titles on the library shelves, Argo shot him a look of disbelief. “No wonder you were hiding out in games. Waiting for the knock at your door, you little menace,” she chuckled.
“Actually, that was… a while ago?” Kirito felt his ears burning. “Mom was pretty sure I got away with it. Since the government didn’t show up. Ever.”
“A while ago?” Argo squeaked.
“Hey. Juki Net?” Klein waved a hand.
“Japan’s citizen registry,” Argo filled him in, still eyeing Kirito like he’d grown fangs. “It’s supposed to be one of the most secure databases on the planet. And you cracked it? When?”
Kirito shrugged, face red. “I was ten? I was trying to figure something out… it was there….”
Argo clapped a hand to her face, over the whiskers. “Ki-bou. They will lock you up and throw away the key. No, scratch that. They will drop the key in radioactive concrete, then dump it in the Marianas Trench.”
“For hacking Juki Net?” Asuna said defensively.
“For being Ki-bou.” Argo smirked. “Think about it. If Ki-bou can take apart real computers the way he did Yuan-ti tech, and some of the levels we had to wreck gimmicks on, he definitely did… oh ho. You know something.”