I am working on a story, and it just keeps getting darker and darker. The main character is introduced as a very bad man who does bad things for an evil organization. It then has a flashback which is most of the story on how he came to be such a monster. While, I can sympathize with him, in the end there is just no way to like him. The entire story has few if any truly good guys/gals in it. Can a story really carry itself with such a dark message and a figure that you just can't like? The best I can do is make his motives understandable, but that is about as far as most normal people would be able to go.