_ "Shang Di, please hear my cry.  I have spent my life trying to follow the Middle Way.  I know that I should accept what comes and be content.  Still, my heart aches at the thought of Dad having to leave again for battle.  If there is a way to keep him safe while retaining our family honor, please show me now." 

When I opened my eyes, I saw a hauntingly beautiful young woman with pale green eyes that shimmered like the water. 

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