Carmen looked back inside of the box, spotting a black velvet bag in the upper right-hand corner. – This line is from the scene when Cathy, Carmen’s receptionist, comes in her office with a package. Inside that package is a floor plan of Flame and a black velvet bag filled with diamonds, which were sent from Jay. The whole velvet bag thing came from watching the movie Cradle 2 the Grave with DMX and Gabrielle Union. In the movie, DMX plays Anthony Fait who is stealing diamonds for a Frenchman. When he and his crew go to The Diamond Exchange to steal the diamonds, they find black diamonds in a bag. I don’t know for sure if the bag is velvet, but it looks like it. I figured; if Jay is going to give out diamonds, he might as well put ‘em in a black velvet bag like in the movie.
He grabbed her arm, turned her around so that she was facing him, and then gave her stomach a slight caress. – This gesture is made to Carmen by Jay when we’re at the park. Although they aren’t together and Carmen is very much legally married to Kane, she still has this strong connection to Kane. In the book, I tried to have scenes where Jay and Carmen touch each other in some kind of way so the readers can see that there is still an attraction there.