Right now I'm outlining a sci-fi type of story, and I originally set out to have a hard-boiled, noir-ish kind of tone. My problem right now is where the story is headed. I set out originally for this story to be kind of dark, but it's feeling a little bit... too dark. Every time I turn it over in my head, the only possible conclusions for this story are just awful and not what I wanted at all. I really like the idea of a hard-boiled, edgy kind of story but ultimately I want a hopeful (not necessarily "happy") ending. I've played with a lot of darker ideas and plots and I don't like any of them--I am thinking I may have to change the tone I'm going for, but I'm not sure what I would change it to. I'm worried that if I make things the way I want them, I will be going against the tone I set for my story. Does anyone out there have any advice about this? Or am I just over thinking everything?