(First question I've ever asked here, don't be too harsh on me, please!)
Suppose you have a kitsune (Ahri from League of Legends is a perfect example of what I have in mind), who loves to roam near human cities – more specifically, the story is set in Russia.
She has visible, non-human features: her ears and tail – everything else is anatomically the same. How would she conceal them, in order to approach humans without raising suspicion?
Her aim is mostly to observe, rather than to socialise, and is quite agile. That is, she can easily jump between roofs, climb walls, and quickly escape, if she's caught.
You might object that she doesn't have to conceal herself, if she's so good at running away: I'd say that if she's caught multiple times, people would get wary/curious about her, and she'd lose her prized anonymity, which is necessary to observe people closely.
So, clothing is a necessity for her ends. The tail can be easily tucked under a thick coat. And an Ushanka could hide her ears. But, how/where could she obtain these items?
She's not driven by instinct, and is perfectly conscious, able to speak fluent Russian, in other words behave like anyone else. Eventually, she desires to try and live in the city.
What jobs could she do? – it may be useful to point out that she's considered quite attractive. Before you suggest modelling, I'd like to point out that she isn't afraid to be naked, but she's loathed by the idea that people would lust after her.
How could she go about her daily life? – she can't bare her head in a public place, and is reluctant to do so even in a private area, with few people. Say, how could she get her hair styled? (She's proud of hear appearance, but not to a narcissistic degree). Would she just wait until the hairdresser's has served the last customer, and is about to close, so that she's alone, and she'd show her ears to less people?
Would she be able to live like that? – would she be able to live like this? She'll find a human companion that takes her in, eventually, which makes her life easier; but still, until then: how long do you think she'd be able to go on?
Thanks in advance.