Carmen “Sugar” Morales grew up with thick skin. Moving around
in the foster care system, she never knew what true friendship was. She
became susceptible to the advances of a man named Armando. Carmen thought
Armando loved her. When Armando was charged with robbery, he turned on
Carmen and implicated her in the crime. Without anyone to defend her,
she went to prison, becoming further disenchanted by the system and mankind.
Carmen’s life in prison took a dramatic turn when her new cell mate
was none other than celebrity Erica Kane. Carmen and Erica had a rough
start. Carmen was wrongfully defensive thinking Erica to be a flighty
socialite. That all changed when Carmen and Erica went on the run while
handcuffed to each other. Their prison transport had crashed. Erica helped
Carmen to track down Armando and corroborate her innocence. When the authorities
caught up to them, Erica promised the services of her ex-husband Jackson
Montgomery to get Carmen’s charges reversed.
became Erica’s closest friend and confidant when it came to matters
of the heart. Erica began to have romantic feelings for Samuel Woods,
the US Attorney who had sent Erica to prison. Carmen recognized Jack was
a good person and still in love with Erica.
Jack successfully arranged for Carmen’s parole. As part of the condition
to her freedom, Carmen needed a job. Erica arranged for Carmen to work
for another one of her ex-husbands, Adam Chandler. Adam and Carmen’s
relationship had a rocky start. That was until Adam recognized the growing
romance between Jack and Carmen. Adam had fallen for Erica again, and
believed that he could win Erica back if Jack and Carmen were a couple.
Before Carmen agreed to seeing Jack romantically, she asked for Erica’s
approval. Erica agreed, but out of formality and not honesty. Carmen’s
romance with Jack estranged her from her best friend.
reconnected with her former foster-sister Randi Morgan. Randi had felt
abandoned by Carmen after her emancipation. Carmen was sad to see how
far Randi had fallen. Randi had spent time as a prostitute. Carmen and
Randi worked to move on from their past, and attempted to rebuild their
After a heated argument with Erica, Adam fired Carmen. She turned to Jack
for a place to stay.