"Applebloom, stay here for a second. I'm going to answer this letter."
The little Apple filly nods, keeping her eyes fixed on the distant pegasi and the plume of gray, black smoke.
You walk inside the house. Both of your parents are huddled up by the window. Your mother hasn't even changed out of her exercise gear. They're both looking out of the living room window; it's a brilliant view of the smoking mountain. They seem a bit distracted as you pass on by.
"I'd love to catch up with my parents… but I think they'd get jittered up if they saw the crystals…"
You hear your mom's voice. "…you don't think… Raisin didn't… she wasn't up there, was she? She was at the farm, wasn't she?"
Your dad doesn't reply; he stares out the window, unwavering. You pass on by to your room, feeling slightly guilty. "…I'll catch up with them on my way out…"
Quickly, you jot down a letter:
"Dear Mysterious Friend:
"Why did you mark the ruins if they weren't helpful? What does LS look like? Are you being blackmailed? Why is LS interested in Applejack? Does he actually like her?
Also, the doormat is a bad place for letters from now on. We're traveling up the mountain to investigate the explosion. You'll have to deliver them another way.
Lastly… why are you helping us? I'm just curious.
Your letter complete, you stuff it into an envelope and put it into the empty pouch of your Saddlebag.
>Visit with parents before leaving?