Hi, I'm currently developing an idea for a novel I've had for a few months now. As far as key plot points and character development go, I have just about everything in place, but I'm stuck on the ending. I already have a vague idea of how the story ends but I'm unsure of how to execute it. To avoid making this post overly long, I'll try to explain this without going too in depth: Basically, my two protagonists have been trapped in a room with a very small chance of escaping before the antagonists break down the door. My female lead has the ability to escape and go for help if given enough time. My male lead cannot get out ( for very specific reasons ) and instead chooses to sacrifice his own life so the female can escape and ultimately save the day. When he tells her his plan, she initially refuses. But after some rationalizing from the male lead, she tearfully agrees to it. After she escapes, the antagonists break into the room. What I need to know is does the male character end up truly sacrificing himself, or is his friend able to come to his rescue before the antagonists can deliver the final blow? I should mention that the story is already pretty saddening, with both protagonists struggling to find a place to live while also dealing with antagonists creating even more problems. I honestly don't know if this kind of story should be uplifting or end in tragedy. Or maybe even a bittersweet ending where the male lead is alive but suffers some permanent damage from the fight. Any advice is appreciated.