For those who asked (including my own self), here are a few links to the backstory of Clarice, Joshua, and Beatrice and their interactions:
Exhibit A: Strip # 1398 Clarice concocts a sneaky plan to get Beatrice to notice Joshua
Exhibit B: Strip # 1400 THE ACTUAL LOVE NOTE OMG
Exhibit C: Strip # 1411 Beatrice's welcoming reception of said love note
Thanks to Patrick B for making my job easier!
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