Carmen Arena was the girlfriend of Deacon Sharpe. Deacon took custody of Little Eric and raised him at an apartment over his new nightclub, The Lair, with his girlfriend, Carmen. Little Eric nearly lost his life in the wars between Carmen and Amber Moore. Carmen was incredibly jealous of the relationship between Amber and Deacon, which was a direct result of Amber's frequent visits to see the little boy she loved. Carmen took Little Eric up to the roof one night with the intent of tossing him off, but Deacon convinced her not to. When Carmen tried to kill Amber, she ended up going over the roof when Amber defended herself.