'What's required of me?'
'Providing information,' she stated, straightening her back to look at me pointedly, 'you will gather as much datum on these beasts as you can, you will know their ways of life by heart, their strengths as well as their weaknesses, how many packs exactly live in the forest, how many members do each one consist of, where they hunt, report each cub born and its status, if there are any other plots to get past the wall, any detail you think might assist, no matter how little.'
'How am I to do that?'
'You will live among them.'
My breath caught in my throat. 'I'm not sure I understand, Ms. Sable.'
'You will be sent out, beyond the wall and into the forest to live among them.' She said slowly, as if willing me to understand.
My fingers curled into my palm and I tried to hold myself from giving away my confusion - and alarm. 'No one has survived the wild before, Ms. Sable.'
Her red lips twisted into a smile, like she knew something I didn't. 'You will.'
Ivory has always been taught that to vanquish your enemy, you have to know your enemy.