2011-03-30 21:11 (UTC)
I think Mystique loves her according to her own understanding of the word.
Perfect way of putting it. Like the OP, Rogue and Mystique's relationship is one of my favourites in comics. I find it deliciously complex.
In my view, Mystique absolutely loves Rogue, and I think there's plenty of canon to back that up. But love, for Mystique, is a twisted and possessive thing, at least by more conventional standards. I think that even when Mystique is doing some truly heinous and manipulative stuff to Rogue, that warped love is guiding her. Particularly since Irene's death, Rogue is the focal point of Mystique's world. The only thing she cares about more is herself and her own survival.
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